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Coordinates: 45°25′31″N 4°49′08″E / 45.4253°N 4.8189°E / 45.4253; 4.8189
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A toll road in 1910
A toll road in 1910
Location of Auberives-sur-Varèze
Auberives-sur-Varèze is located in France
Auberives-sur-Varèze is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Coordinates: 45°25′31″N 4°49′08″E / 45.4253°N 4.8189°E / 45.4253; 4.8189
IntercommunalityEntre Bièvre et Rhône
 • Mayor (2022–2026) Nelly Claret[1]
7.05 km2 (2.72 sq mi)
 • Density210/km2 (540/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
38019 /38550
Elevation169–256 m (554–840 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Auberives-sur-Varèze (French pronunciation: [obʁiv syʁ vaʁɛz]) is a commune in the Isère department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France.


Auberives-sur-Varèze is located some 14 km south by south-west of Vienne and 6 km north-east of Saint-Maurice-l'Exil. Access to the commune is by Route nationale 7 from Vienne in the north which passes through the length of the commune and the town before continuing south to Le Péage-de-Roussillon. The D37 road comes from Cheyssieu in the east passing through the commune north of the village and continuing to Saint-Prim in the north-west. The A7 autoroute (E15) also passes through the east of the commune but there is no exit in or near the commune. There is a belt of forest through the centre of the commune just north of the town while the rest of the commune is farmland apart from the large residential area of the town.[3]

The Varèze river flows through the centre of the commune from east to west to join the Rhône at Saint-Alban-du-Rhône. The Canal du Moulin branches from the Varèze in the east of the commune and continues west south of and parallel to it. The Suzon river [fr] flows from the west north of the Varèze and joins it in the east of the commune.[3]

Neighbouring communes and villages[edit]



The history of Auberives is very old as for the neighbouring communes in the north of the canton. The name Auberives comes from the Latin Ripa Alba meaning "White Shore" due to the presence in the soil of kaolin which was formerly used by potters.

The oldest vestige is the "Great Borne": a boulder rolled by glaciers to the crossroads of the communes of Roussillon at Assieu, and Auberives at Ville on Anjou.

In the 11th century the area was covered with a vast forest populated mostly by deer and wild boar. In the 12th century there was wolf hunting which activity would have given its name to the forest of Louze. At the end of the 11th century the Lord of Auberives was a knight, vassal of Roussillon, called Angérius. At the beginning of the 15th century the Lord of Auberives was Louis II of Chalon-Arlay, Prince of Orange, and an ally of the Duke of Burgundy. At the time of the Battle of Anthon on 11 June 1430, the castle was besieged and dismantled by Raoul de Gaucourt, governor of Dauphiné. Since then the castle has been a ruin. A remaining section of wall partially encloses the current cemetery.

Auberives has carried many names: Auberives de Vienne, Auberives de Roussillon, and finally Auberives-sur-Varèze from the name of the river.

Louis Mandrin, the smuggler, passed through while moving around the region. He had a hideout at Reventin (4 km away).

With a surface of 704 hectares and despite the strong decrease in the number of farmers, Auberives has always been a predominantly agricultural commune with the meadows and woods of the Varèze, significant areas of fruit trees, and with a few fields preserving traditional cultures.


List of Successive Mayors[4]

From To Name
2001 2020 Nicole Bernard
2020 2022 Dorothée Zaborowski
2022 incumbent Nelly Claret


The inhabitants of the commune are known as Auberivois or Auberivoises in French.[5]

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1793 1,512—    
1800 357−18.63%
1806 499+5.74%
1821 610+1.35%
1831 694+1.30%
1836 753+1.65%
1841 712−1.11%
1846 750+1.05%
1851 776+0.68%
1856 670−2.89%
1861 650−0.60%
1866 664+0.43%
1872 616−1.24%
1876 619+0.12%
1881 557−2.09%
1886 569+0.43%
1891 535−1.22%
1896 532−0.11%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1901 530−0.08%
1906 514−0.61%
1911 482−1.28%
1921 466−0.34%
1926 432−1.50%
1931 450+0.82%
1936 460+0.44%
1946 493+0.70%
1954 506+0.33%
1962 498−0.20%
1968 548+1.61%
1975 651+2.49%
1982 710+1.25%
1990 896+2.95%
1999 1,159+2.90%
2007 1,418+2.55%
2012 1,504+1.18%
2017 1,484−0.27%
Source: EHESS[6] and INSEE[7]

Sites and monuments[edit]

  • A Church from the 19th century

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires" (in French). data.gouv.fr, Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises. 16 December 2022. Archived from the original on 28 June 2020. Retrieved 7 May 2024.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2021" (in French). The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 28 December 2023.
  3. ^ a b c Google Maps
  4. ^ List of Mayors of France Archived 23 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine (in French)
  5. ^ Le nom des habitants du 38 - Isère Archived 8 December 2015 at the Wayback Machine, habitants.fr
  6. ^ Des villages de Cassini aux communes d'aujourd'hui: Commune data sheet Auberives-sur-Varèze, EHESS (in French).
  7. ^ Population en historique depuis 1968 Archived 29 September 2022 at the Wayback Machine, INSEE

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