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Lot River at Cajarc
Lot River at Cajarc
Coat of arms of Cajarc
Coat of arms
Cajarc is located in France
Location within Occitanie region
Cajarc is located in Occitanie
Coordinates: 44°29′11″N 1°50′37″E / 44.4864°N 1.8436°E / 44.4864; 1.8436Coordinates: 44°29′11″N 1°50′37″E / 44.4864°N 1.8436°E / 44.4864; 1.8436
CantonCausse et Vallées
IntercommunalityPays de Figeac-Cajarc
 • Mayor (2008–2013) Jacques Borzo
Area125.1 km2 (9.7 sq mi)
Population (1999)21,114
 • Density44/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code46045 /46160
Elevation140–394 m (459–1,293 ft)
(avg. 160 m or 520 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.

Cajarc is a commune in the Lot department in south-western France.

It is a stopping place on the Via podiensis, the medieval pilgrimage route from Le Puy-en-Velay to Santiago de Compostela, but also attracts tourists on account of its medieval town centre, its plan d'eau, a 4 km-long dammed section of the Lot River, and its beautiful setting in the Lot valley and the surrounding limestone plains (le causse). Its major cultural event is Africajarc, a four-day festival of contemporary African music and culture which runs in the last week of July each year; in 2008 it celebrated its tenth anniversary.

Notable people[edit]

Cajarc was the birthplace of playwright, novelist and screenwriter Françoise Sagan (1935–2004) born Françoise Quoirez.

President of France Georges Pompidou was an MP for the area in the National Assembly.

See also[edit]

Monument to the dead