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Bonnefontaine is located in France
Coordinates: 46°43′45″N 5°44′51″E / 46.7292°N 5.7475°E / 46.7292; 5.7475Coordinates: 46°43′45″N 5°44′51″E / 46.7292°N 5.7475°E / 46.7292; 5.7475
Country France
Region Franche-Comté
Department Jura
Arrondissement Lons-le-Saunier
Canton Poligny
Intercommunality Premier Plateau
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Véronique Verbeeck
Area1 8.8 km2 (3.4 sq mi)
Population (2009)2 97
 • Density 11/km2 (29/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 39065 / 39800
Elevation 534–745 m (1,752–2,444 ft)
(avg. 580 m or 1,900 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.

Bonnefontaine is a commune in the Jura department in Franche-Comté in eastern France.


Bonnefontaine is located in the core of the first plateau of Jura in edge of the Côte de l'Heute to 580 meters of altitude. In addition to its centre, the village includes a hamlet : Le Patouillet. There used to be another one, La Vermillère, but this locality is currently uninhabited. The local agriculture is traditionally turned towards dairy breeding used for the manufacture of a regional cheese, the Comté.


Until 1897, the name of the village was "Les Faisses" (similar to fesses : buttocks, in French). On that date, this name, considered as defamatory was replaced by Bonnefontaine, in reference to the three stone fountains of the village.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 73 —    
1968 107 +46.6%
1975 86 −19.6%
1982 97 +12.8%
1990 98 +1.0%
1999 84 −14.3%
2006 97 +15.5%
2009 97 +0.0%
Bonnefontaine, December the twelfth by Rémi Albouy, 2004


Several remarkable monuments deserve to be mentioned : three fountains; a beautiful church of the 15th century with a lava roof; a mansion with a tower and a stone turret; and a convent of Dominican sisters whose garden is registered with the pre-inventory of the historic buildings. Moreover, the old chalet (co-operative cheese dairy) was turned into the "Maison du Premier plateau" which shelters the seat of the Community of the "Communauté de Communes du Premier Plateau", a tourist information center and a showroom.


Three companies are situated in Bonnefontaine : a sheep-fold, a tablettery and a farm located at the "Patouillet", hamlet being with less than 500 meters of the village.


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