Chirac, Lozère

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A view of Chirac and St-Bonnet
A view of Chirac and St-Bonnet
Coat of arms of Chirac
Coat of arms
Chirac is located in France
Coordinates: 44°31′29″N 3°15′58″E / 44.5247°N 3.2661°E / 44.5247; 3.2661Coordinates: 44°31′29″N 3°15′58″E / 44.5247°N 3.2661°E / 44.5247; 3.2661
Country France
Region Languedoc-Roussillon
Department Lozère
Arrondissement Mende
Canton Saint-Germain-du-Teil
Intercommunality Gévaudan
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Henri Boyer
Area1 33.79 km2 (13.05 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 1,006
 • Density 30/km2 (77/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 48049 / 48100
Elevation 605–1,254 m (1,985–4,114 ft)
(avg. 640 m or 2,100 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.

Chirac is a commune in the Lozère département in southern France.


Situated on the banks of the Colagne river in the heart of the Massif central. The D809 road passes through the village.


Historical population of Chirac, Lozère
Year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999
Population 801 789 689 894 983 1006
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

Places and monuments[edit]

  • The Fare dolmen
  • The twelfth century Romanesque church.
  • The chapel of Saint-Jean-Baptiste.
  • The family chapels of the Chazette and the Volmanières
  • The English cross: The English, who ravaged the country in the 14th century, were soundly beaten in a battle on the heights of the village. This place carries today the name of Cemetery of the English’’ or Cross of the English’’. A cross, on which there is an inscription "CH des M " and "1701 - 1922", marks the site of the battle. During the construction of the A75 autoroute, the cross was renovated and moved a few metres from its original position.
  • The bridge over the Colagne river.


As in the majority of the towns of Lozère, the principal activity is farming, although service industry sectors have started to play a larger part in the region.

  • Farming is essentially sheep and cattle. The size of the upland meadows allows the farmers to have comparatively large flocks.

Notable people[edit]

  • Colonel Marceau Crespin (1915–1988)
  • Nicolaï Greschny (1912–1985), artist

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