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The town hall in Badens
The town hall in Badens
Coat of arms of Badens
Coat of arms
Location of Badens
Badens is located in France
Badens is located in Occitanie
Coordinates: 43°13′00″N 2°31′00″E / 43.2167°N 2.5167°E / 43.2167; 2.5167Coordinates: 43°13′00″N 2°31′00″E / 43.2167°N 2.5167°E / 43.2167; 2.5167
CantonLa Montagne d'Alaric
IntercommunalityPiémont d'Alaric
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Alain Estival
9.60 km2 (3.71 sq mi)
 • Density85/km2 (220/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
11023 /11800
Elevation61–160 m (200–525 ft)
(avg. 80 m or 260 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Badens is a commune in the Aude department in the Occitanie region of southern France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Badenois or Badenoises.[2]


Badens is located some 12 km east of Carcassonne and 3 km north of Floure. Access to the commune is by the D206 road from Rustiques in the west which passes through the centre of the commune and the village and continues north-east to Aigues-Vives. The D235 passes through the north of the commune as it goes from Rustiques to join the D135 south-west of Laure-Minervois. The D157 road comes from Marseillette in the south-east through the village and continues north—west to join the D235 in the commune. The D535 goes south from the village to join the D610 just south of the commune. The commune is entirely farmland.[3]

The Ruisseau de Trachaman flows from the north of the commune joining the Ruisseau de Buadelle and continuing south-east to the Ruisseau de Réals which flows east out of the commune. The Ruisseau Maire rises in the west and flows east joining the Ruisseau de Canet which flows east through the village to join the Ruisseau Neuf near Aigues-Vives. The Ruisseau de l'Aqueduc forms the southern border of the commune as it flows east to join the Canal du Midi south-west of the commune.[3]

Neighbouring communes and villages[4][edit]


The oldest written mention of Badens is dated November 993 as Villa Badencus in an exchange between Udulgarius, abbot of Caunes, and Roger De Trencavel, Viscount of Carcassonne, concerning Aquaviva which later became Aigues-Vives, a neighbouring village that still exists today.[5]

In 1993 Badens celebrated its 1000 years of existence. On this occasion the village baker baked a cake he called The Millennium. All residents were clothed in medieval costumes and children dressed as knights fought in choreography under the eyes of parents. At the time the commune invited everybody in France called Badens or Ferret to participate in the event and edited a book on the history of the town and with a map of France showing the location of the Badens surnames in France.


Arms of Badens

Vert, in chief Argent.


List of Successive Mayors[6]

Mayors from the French Revolution to 1929
From To Name
1790 1791 Paulin Cathary
1791 1792 Bernard Gieulles
1792 1793 Georges Degrand
1793 1794 Guillaume Cathary
1794 1800 Paulin Cathary
1800 1813 Georges Degrand
1813 1828 Barthémély Caffort
1828 1864 Georges Boyer
1864 1870 Léo Boyer
1870 1871 Antoine Cathary
1871 1876 Raymond Ferret
1876 1877 Antoine Cathary
1877 1877 Raymond Ferret
1877 1888 Antoine Cathery
1888 1892 Aimé Caffort
1892 1900 Jean Poudou
1900 1904 Paul Reverdy
1904 1907 Jacques Martignole
1907 1929 Joseph Bon
Mayors from 1929
From To Name Party Position
1929 1944 Raymond Ferret
1944 1945 Urbain Pascal
1945 1965 Jules Mahoux
1965 1983 Jean Poudou
1983 2014 Robert Alric
2014 2020 Alain Estival

(Not all data is known)


In 2010 the commune had 746 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
209 249 279 281 296 297 343 358 359
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
361 389 347 380 449 548 550 523 547
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
550 581 604 657 602 668 612 565 558
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
545 662 519 554 570 626 750 746 -

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

Population of Badens

Sites and monuments[edit]

  • The Parish Church of Saint-Eulalie (13th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg is registered as an historical monument.[7] The Church contains several items that are registered as historical objects:
  • The Clinic of Miremont contains a Statue of the Virgin and child (14th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg which is registered as an historical object.[12]

Notable people linked to the commune[edit]

  • Georges Guille born in Badens on 20 July 1909, died in Toulouse 16 November 1985.
  • Gerald Branca, son of Commandant Napoleon Branca, born at his father's garrison in Sedan (Ardennes) on 29 December 1902 but a true child of Badens.
  • Henri Gout (1876-1953), politician
  • Gabriel Baptiste Dupac, Marquis of Badens, was born in Badens on 2 October 1737, died in Paris on 29 April 1829. The last Lord of Badens, a former officer of infantry, imbued with his inflexible haughty prerogatives. On 26 March 1789 he was elected member of the nobility in the Estates General by the nobility of the Seneschal of Carcassonne. He sat on the far right and was opposed to all ideas of reform, concession, or Revolution. During the night of 4 August 1789 he protested against the abolition of privileges. On 10 February 1790 he resigned his position as deputy. He emigrated in turn to Chambéry, England, then Poland. He returned to Paris in 1800 with Louis XVIII. In 1813 he made a request to the Council of State to recover his domain of Mirausse and his lands in the Aigues-Vives commune that was confiscated and sold as national assets. He was married to Marie-Anne de Bruyeres de Chalabre and had three children:
    • Gabriel-Paul-Marie, born on 13 May 1770 in Badens, conducted a military career, died on 28 December 1869 in Nice aged 100 years.
    • Marie-Gabrielle Fortunée, born on 6 June 1772 in Badens, wife of Bernard-Emmanuel-Jacques de Roux d'Alzonne, Marquis of Puivert, died on 28 September 1836 in Dieppe .
    • Louise-Eleonore-Perrette, born on 8 September 1773 in Badens.

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 Aude (in French)
  3. ^ a b Google Maps
  4. ^ Géoportail, IGN (in French)
  5. ^ "Le Millénaire de Badens" association, Badens in Minervois, its history found…, Badens, August 1993 (in French)
  6. ^ List of Mayors of France (in French)
  7. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA11000007 Parish Church of Saint-Eulalie (in French)
  8. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM11000615 Ciborium (in French)
  9. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM11000614 Chalice with Paten (in French)
  10. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM11000613 Bronze Bell (in French)
  11. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM11002728 6 carved Corbels (in French)
  12. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM11000616 Statue: Virgin and child (in French)