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The Bouigane River at Aucazein
The Bouigane River at Aucazein
Location of Aucazein
Aucazein is located in France
Aucazein is located in Occitanie
Coordinates: 42°56′12″N 0°58′32″E / 42.9367°N 0.9756°E / 42.9367; 0.9756Coordinates: 42°56′12″N 0°58′32″E / 42.9367°N 0.9756°E / 42.9367; 0.9756
CantonCouserans Ouest
IntercommunalityCC Couserans - Pyrénées
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Claude Geslin
6.02 km2 (2.32 sq mi)
 • Density10/km2 (27/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
09025 /09800
Elevation531–1,682 m (1,742–5,518 ft)
(avg. 550 m or 1,800 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.

Aucazein is a commune in the Ariège department in the Occitanie region of south-western France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Aucazénois.[1]


Aucazein is located in the Ariège Natural Regional Park some 40 km south-east of Saint-Gaudens in a direct line and 20 km west by south-west of Saint-Girons at an altitude of 570 metres. Access to the commune is by road D 618 from Orgibet in the west which passes through the north of the commune and the village and continues east to Argein. Most of the land area of the commune is rugged and forested however the valley where the village is located has some farmland.[2]

The Bouigane river flows east along the valley and through the village on its way to join the Lez at Audressein. The Ruisseau de Cassech forms the western border of the commune as it flows north to join the Bouigane. Similarly La Rivière forms the eastern border of the commune and also joins the Bouigane. The Ruisseau de Recoule flows from the north and passes through the commune for a short distance before joining the Bouigane.[2]

Neighbouring communes and villages[2][edit]


The commune is located on the Way of St. James which crosses Ariège. The Knights Templar built a Romanesque chapel in the commune.


The Town Hall

List of Successive Mayors[3]

From To Name Party Position
2001 2008 Claude Vignes
2008 2014 Claude Dupuy
2014 2020 Claude Geslin

(Not all data is known)


In 2010 the commune had 64 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known from the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of communes 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
196 197 316 318 399 384 387 408 380
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
383 348 403 350 319 287 278 245 226
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
228 217 208 168 154 144 138 114 98
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
84 80 65 52 48 57 - 64 -

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

Population of Aucazein

Sites and monuments[edit]

The Church of Saint Aubin

The commune has one site that is registered as a historical monument:

  • An Ornamental GardenLogo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[4]

The commune has some other sites of interest:

  • The Remains of a feudal Chateau (private property)
  • 2 Mills
  • An Oratory
  • The Church of Saint-Aubin
  • A Metal Bridge built in 1905 over the Bouigane

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

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 Archived 6 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine, the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" allows, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For communes with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these communes 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.


  1. ^ Inhabitants of Ariège (in French)
  2. ^ a b c Google Maps
  3. ^ List of Mayors of France (in French)
  4. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA09000020 Ornamental Garden (in French)