Figeac

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Figeac
A general view of Figeac
A general view of Figeac
Coat of arms of Figeac
Coat of arms
Location of Figeac
Figeac is located in France
Figeac
Figeac
Figeac is located in Occitanie
Figeac
Figeac
Coordinates: 44°36′31″N 2°01′54″E / 44.6086°N 2.0317°E / 44.6086; 2.0317Coordinates: 44°36′31″N 2°01′54″E / 44.6086°N 2.0317°E / 44.6086; 2.0317
CountryFrance
RegionOccitanie
DepartmentLot
ArrondissementFigeac
CantonFigeac-1 and 2
IntercommunalityPays de Figeac-Cajarc
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) André Mellinger
Area
1
35.16 km2 (13.58 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
10,544
 • Density300/km2 (780/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
46102 /46100
Elevation170–451 m (558–1,480 ft)
(avg. 225 m or 738 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Figeac (French pronunciation: ​[fiʒak]; Occitan: Fijac) is a commune in the Lot department in south-western France. Figeac is a sub-prefecture of the department.

History[edit]

Figeac is on the via Podiensis, a major hiking medieval pilgrimage trail which is part of the Way of St. James. Today, as a part of France's system of trails it is labelled the GR 65.

Notable people[edit]

Jean-François Champollion, the first translator of Egyptian hieroglyphics, was born in Figeac, where there is a Champollion Museum. On the "Place des écritures" (writings place) is a giant copy of the Rosetta stone, by Joseph Kosuth. The German film historian Lotte H Eisner hid from the Nazis in Figeac during World War II.

The actor Charles Boyer and the footballer Vincent Beduer were also born in Figeac.

Media[edit]

Louis Malle's 1974 film, Lacombe Lucien, was filmed in Figeac.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Figeac" . Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.