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Ruins of the chateau
Ruins of the chateau
Coat of arms of Auflance
Coat of arms
Location of Auflance
Auflance is located in France
Auflance is located in Grand Est
Coordinates: 49°37′11″N 5°17′31″E / 49.6197°N 5.2919°E / 49.6197; 5.2919Coordinates: 49°37′11″N 5°17′31″E / 49.6197°N 5.2919°E / 49.6197; 5.2919
RegionGrand Est
IntercommunalityCC Portes Luxembourg
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Sabrina Thiébault
6.16 km2 (2.38 sq mi)
 • Density14/km2 (37/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
08029 /08370
Elevation176–281 m (577–922 ft)
(avg. 193 m or 633 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Auflance is a commune in the Ardennes department and Grand Est region of north-eastern France.


Auflance is located on the frontier of Belgium along its eastern border some 38 km east by south-east of Sedan and 17 km north-west of Montmédy. Access to the commune is by the D17 road from Puilly-et-Charbeaux in the north-west which passes through the centre of the commune and the village and continues to Sapogne-sur-Marche in the south-east. A small country road crosses the Belgian border and goes to Villers-Devant-Orval. The commune is mixed forest and farmland.[2]

The Marche river forms the south-eastern border of the commune as it flows south-west to join the Chiers near Margut. The Paquis river passes through the centre of the commune from north-west to south-east where it joins the Marche on the border of the commune. The Coquerte flows from the north in the west to the commune to join the Paquis.[2]

Neighbouring communes and villages[2][edit]


Arms of Auflance

Or, a bend of Sable charged with 3 Fleurs-de-lis Argent posed in bend côtoyée with 2 bendlets of Sable; in chief Gules.


List of Successive Mayors[3]

From To Name Party Position
2001 2014 Michèle Delgoffe
2014 2020 Sabrina Thiébault

(Not all data is known)


In 2010 the commune had 85 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
276 261 247 291 276 317 331 333 340
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
- - 288 279 273 260 287 252 252
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
238 220 220 176 136 126 114 117 125
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
130 134 105 100 104 91 88 85 -

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

A Haferrequisition at Auflance in 1871 from Die Gartenlaube (The Gazebo)
Population of Auflance

Sites and monuments[edit]

The round tower
Underground tunnel
Remains of the Chateau
  • The Chateau of Auflance (17th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg is registered as a historical monument.[4] In the 17th century the Custine family came to settle in this border commune. They built a castle of which only a few vestiges remain: a round tower, underground tunnels, and a remarkable Renaissance door decorated with coats of arms and surmounted by a Pietà.
  • In the Church the Funeral Chapel of the Custines has a hallway decorated with coats of arms which were made during the French Revolution
  • The Saints of Auflance Chapel from the 13th century has 13 statues which have been stored out of fear of theft. These statues of the Saints of Auflance are registered as historical objects.Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[5]

See also[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. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Google Maps
  3. ^ List of Mayors of France ‹See Tfd›(in French)
  4. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00078556 Chateau of Auflance ‹See Tfd›(in French)
  5. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM08000031 13 Statues: Saints of Auflance ‹See Tfd›(in French)Camera aabb.svg

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