Chomérac

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Chomérac
Town hall
Town hall
Chomérac is located in France
Chomérac
Chomérac
Coordinates: 44°42′34″N 4°39′43″E / 44.7094°N 4.6619°E / 44.7094; 4.6619Coordinates: 44°42′34″N 4°39′43″E / 44.7094°N 4.6619°E / 44.7094; 4.6619
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Ardèche
Arrondissement Privas
Canton Chomérac
Intercommunality Privas Rhône et Vallées
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Noël Bouverat
Area1 18.94 km2 (7.31 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 2,689
 • Density 140/km2 (370/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 07066 / 07210
Elevation 135–620 m (443–2,034 ft)
(avg. 200 m or 660 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.

Chomérac is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.

Situated approximately 8 km (5.0 mi) from Ardèche's capital, Privas, its location in the centre of the Ardèche makes it an ideal location for tourists.

Geography[edit]

Chomérac is located on the eastern foothills of the Massif Central, 10 km (6.2 mi) away from the Rhône, in the valley created by the Payre and Vérone rivers. South is the basaltic plateau of Coirons, North are the limestone hills of Grads.

History[edit]

As a natural pathway from Rhône valley to the Massif Central mountains, Chomérac has been inhabited for a very long time. As soon as Middle Paleolithic, people settle in caves. Later, Romans live in Chomérac (tegulae, villa and Roman road were found in the village).

Chomérac was severely affected by the French Wars of Religion. In 1621, the village belonged to the catholic Duke of Ventadour. Besieged, it was occupied by the Protestant Monsieur de Blacons on October 14, 1621. Alternately besieged by both parties, its occupants changed six times, till the siege of 1628, when the Catholics decisively took over the village from the Huguenots. This position was beneficial in 1629, during the siege of Privas led by the king Louis XIII and the Cardinal Richelieu.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 1,550 —    
1968 1,702 +9.8%
1975 1,686 −0.9%
1982 1,968 +16.7%
1990 2,306 +17.2%
1999 2,450 +6.2%
2008 2,689 +9.8%

Economy[edit]

Industry started early in Chomérac, thanks to silk manufacturers (up to 15 silk throwing mills in the 19th century) and the marble quarry, which delivers to the whole region and even abroad.

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