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Decize on the Loire River
Decize on the Loire River
Coat of arms of Decize
Coat of arms
Decize is located in France
Coordinates: 46°49′48″N 3°27′43″E / 46.83000°N 3.4619°E / 46.83000; 3.4619Coordinates: 46°49′48″N 3°27′43″E / 46.83000°N 3.4619°E / 46.83000; 3.4619
Country France
Region Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Department Nièvre
Arrondissement Nevers
Canton Decize
Intercommunality Sud Nivernais
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Alain Lassus
Area1 48.22 km2 (18.62 sq mi)
Population (2012)2 5,711
 • Density 120/km2 (310/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 58095 /58300
Elevation 183–243 m (600–797 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.

Decize is a commune in the Nièvre department in central France.


The town is situated on a former island in the Loire ("en Loire assise") at the confluence of the Aron river. The right channel of the Loire was dammed up to reclaim land and now remains as an arm ("la Vieille Loire") stretching upstream to the centre of town. The Loire at this point is an important navigation point as it forms the junction between the Canal du Nivernais and the Canal Latéral à la Loire both of which are within the town boundaries.


Decize is an ancient settlement first noted in the Commentarii de Bello Gallico where Julius Caesar settled a dispute involving the Decetiae from whom comes the town's name. In later times it belonged to the counts of Nevers, from whom it obtained a charter of franchise in 1226.[1]



At the 1999 census, the population was 6456.


As of September 2010 work began on a new port for pleasure boats in the "Bassin de la Jonction" between the Lateral Canal and the Loire. Intended to be ready for spring 2011 it will make this one of the largest pleasure ports in Burgundy.

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  1. ^  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Decize". Encyclopædia Britannica. 7 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 913. 
  2. ^ Chisholm 1911.

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