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The church in Autruche
The church in Autruche
Coat of arms of Autruche
Coat of arms
Location of Autruche
Autruche is located in France
Autruche is located in Grand Est
Coordinates: 49°27′19″N 4°54′01″E / 49.4553°N 4.9003°E / 49.4553; 4.9003Coordinates: 49°27′19″N 4°54′01″E / 49.4553°N 4.9003°E / 49.4553; 4.9003
RegionGrand Est
IntercommunalityCC Argonne Ardennaise
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Anne Sembeni
8.24 km2 (3.18 sq mi)
 • Density8.6/km2 (22/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
08035 /08240
Elevation166–242 m (545–794 ft)
(avg. 186 m or 610 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Autruche is a commune in the Ardennes department in the Grand Est region of northern France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Autruchiens or Autruchiennes.[2]


Autruche is located some 43 km east by south-east of Rethel and 20 km north-east of Vouziers. Access to the commune is by the D947 from Germont in the south-west which passes through the southern corner of the commune and continues east to Bar-lès-Buzancy. The D12 also comes from Authe in the north-west and joins the D947 in the commune. Access to the village is by a local road branching from the D947 which goes north to the village. The commune is entirely farmland except for some lakes in the south.[3]

The Bar river forms the southern border of the commune as it flows west then follows the Canal des Ardennes to eventually join the Meuse at Vrigne-Meuse. The Ruisseau de Saint Pierremont flows from the north of the commune towards the south-west and continues to join the Bar west of the commune. The Ruisseau du Clageot rises in the north of the commune and flows south-west down the centre of the commune and also joins the Bar on the southern border.[3]

Neighbouring communes and villages[3][edit]


Arms of Autruche
The official status of the blazon remains to be determined.

Argent, a stalk of grass leaved and stalked in Vert with head of Sable between two pales of Gules, in chief Sable embattled of four and charged with three billets posed in fesse.


List of Successive Mayors[4]

From To Name Party Position
1995 2014 Claude Lambert
2014 2020 Anne Sembeni

(Not all data is known)


In 2010 the commune had 63 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 communes that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]

Population change (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
225 248 256 217 239 246 242 254 240
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
- - 222 217 207 213 207 199 200
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
197 207 196 160 183 156 142 119 117
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
113 101 87 71 48 44 51 63 -

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

Population of Autruche

Sites and monuments[edit]

The Church of Saint-Nicolas (16th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg is registered as an historical monument.[5] The church contains two items that are registered as historical objects:

  • 6 Statuettes (17th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[6]
  • A Sculpture: Triumphant Virgin (17th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[7]

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. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ Inhabitants of Ardennes (in French)
  3. ^ a b c Google Maps
  4. ^ List of Mayors of France (in French)
  5. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00078337 Church of Saint-Nicolas (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  6. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM08000038 6 Statuettes (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  7. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM08000037 Sculpture: Triumphant Virgin (in French)Camera aabb.svg