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Town hall
Athies-sous-Laon is located in France
Location within Hauts-de-France region
Athies-sous-Laon is located in Hauts-de-France
Coordinates: 49°34′26″N 3°41′02″E / 49.5739°N 3.6839°E / 49.5739; 3.6839Coordinates: 49°34′26″N 3°41′02″E / 49.5739°N 3.6839°E / 49.5739; 3.6839
Country France
Region Hauts-de-France
Department Aisne
Arrondissement Laon
Canton Laon-2
Intercommunality CA Pays Laon
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Yves Brun
Area1 15.44 km2 (5.96 sq mi)
Population (2015)2 2,602
 • Density 170/km2 (440/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code 02028 /02840
Elevation 64–87 m (210–285 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Athies-sous-Laon is a commune in the department of Aisne in the Hauts-de-France region of northern France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Athissiens or Athissiennes[1]


Athies-sous-Laon is located 3 km east of Laon and 15 km west of Sissonne. It can be accessed by the D977 from Laon which continues east to Gizy. The Autoroute des Anglais (A26, E17) traverses the commune from north to south-east but there is no exit in the commune. There is also a railway line going east from Laon with a station in the commune north-east of the town. The town area of Athies-sous-Laon is quite large but is separated from Laon by farmland. There is the remains of part of a disused airbase in the north of the commune but most of the rest of the commune is farmland with a small area of forest near the town.[2]

The Ru du Barentons stream flows from the north where it forms part of the northern border of the commune and continues south-east through the town then west to join the Marais Canal.[2]

Neighbouring communes and villages[2][edit]


List of Successive Mayors of Athies-sous-Laon[3]

From To Name Party Position
1959 2001 Jacques Camus
2001 2008 Germain Devin DVG
2008 2020 Yves Brun

(Not all data is known)


In 2012 the commune had 2,624 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known through the population censuses conducted in the town since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of municipalities with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger towns that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]

Population change (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
520 640 688 727 931 940 997 1,030 1,049
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
1,043 996 1,065 1,028 1,036 1,043 1,092 1,131 1,130
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
1,072 1,046 1,068 1,245 1,210 1,184 1,245 1,328 1,241
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2009 2010
1,252 1,599 1,881 2,075 2,124 2,132 2,230 2,462 2,515

Sources : Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 (population without double counting and municipal population from 2006)

Population of Athies-sous-Laon

Sites and Monuments[edit]

Notable People linked to the commune[edit]

Sub-Lieutenant César Méléra of the Colonial Infantry was born in Athies-sous-Laon on 14 July 1884, mobilized on 2 August 1914, fought at the Yser, in Artois, the Champagne, and in Verdun. He was severely wounded in Verdun on 18 August 1916, three times mentioned in dispatches, Chevalier of the Legion of Honour. He died for France struck by a bullet to the heart at Brin (Lorraine) on 25 October 1918. He was the Author of the book Verdun (June–July 1916) the Mountain of Reims (May–June 1918), Editions de La Lucarne, 1925 (in French). His name appears in the Panthéon among dead writers of the Field of Honour during the 1914-1918 war.

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Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ At the beginning of the 21st century, the methods of identification have been modified by law No. 2002-276 of 27 February 2002 [1] Archived 2016-03-06 at the Wayback Machine., the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" which allow, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For municipalities with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these municipalities is taken into account at the end of the period of five years. The first "legal population" after 1999 under this new law came into force on 1 January 2009 and was based on the census of 2006.