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Coat of arms of Chalabre
Coat of arms
Chalabre is located in France
Coordinates: 42°59′05″N 2°00′25″E / 42.9847°N 2.0069°E / 42.9847; 2.0069Coordinates: 42°59′05″N 2°00′25″E / 42.9847°N 2.0069°E / 42.9847; 2.0069
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Aude
Arrondissement Limoux
Canton Chalabre
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Christian Guilhamat
Area1 15.49 km2 (5.98 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 1,141
 • Density 74/km2 (190/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 11091 / 11230
Elevation 357–646 m (1,171–2,119 ft)
(avg. 377 m or 1,237 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.

Chalabre is a commune in the Aude department in southern France.

It is the capital of the Kercorb is a relatively unspoilt bastide with shady streets and quiet alleyways.

The local industry died out around 70 years ago, although the buildings of many still remain.

The road to Lac de Montbel runs through Chalabre and this brings a steady stream of visitors.

The local land is rich and verdant with fruit growing a speciality. The rivers rarely run dry and the climate is more amenable than the dry weather as you approach the coast.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 1,771 —    
1968 1,838 +3.8%
1975 1,583 −13.9%
1982 1,441 −9.0%
1990 1,262 −12.4%
1999 1,172 −7.1%
2008 1,141 −2.6%


Jean Danjou, one of the most famous commanders of the French Foreign Legion, was born in Chalabre in 1828. He commanded the legionnaires at the celebrated Battle of Camarón.

A small plaque celebrates the birth of Joseph Raynaud in 1911. He went on to join the local Maquis in the Gers and was executed by the Germans on 7 July 1944.

Plaque in memory of Joseph Raynaud

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