Fouras

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Fouras
FourasVille.JPG
Coat of arms of Fouras
Coat of arms
Location of Fouras
Fouras is located in France
Fouras
Fouras
Fouras is located in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Fouras
Fouras
Coordinates: 45°59′16″N 1°05′35″W / 45.9878°N 1.0931°W / 45.9878; -1.0931Coordinates: 45°59′16″N 1°05′35″W / 45.9878°N 1.0931°W / 45.9878; -1.0931
CountryFrance
RegionNouvelle-Aquitaine
DepartmentCharente-Maritime
ArrondissementRochefort
CantonChâtelaillon-Plage
IntercommunalityPays Rochefortais
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Sylvie Marcilly
Area
1
9.51 km2 (3.67 sq mi)
Population
(2015)2
4.047
 • Density0.43/km2 (1.1/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
17168 /17450
Elevation0–21 m (0–69 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.

Fouras (French pronunciation: ​[fuʁa]), also known as Fouras-les-Bains ([fuʁa le bɛ̃]), is a commune in the Charente-Maritime department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in southwestern France. It lies 34 km south of La Rochelle.

Geography[edit]

Fouras is on a peninsula. It is bordered by five beaches and a forest named "Bois Vert" ("Green Wood" in English) which covers 20% of its area.

It extends into a roadway to discover tide to the low Fort Enet in the direction of the Île-d'Aix. The pier for the island of Aix is also located in the territory of the commune.

The south coast of the peninsula of Fouras forms the northern side of the mouth of the Charente river. A little further south is the Île d'Oléron. Off the island between Aix and the island of Oleron is Fort Boyard, which was made famous by the French TV game show of the same name and whose character "Père Fouras" increased the celebrity of the town.

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1793615—    
1800638+3.7%
1806645+1.1%
1821736+14.1%
1831860+16.8%
1836843−2.0%
1841800−5.1%
1846833+4.1%
1851823−1.2%
1856870+5.7%
1861926+6.4%
18661,028+11.0%
18721,138+10.7%
18761,256+10.4%
18811,679+33.7%
18861,877+11.8%
18911,887+0.5%
18961,989+5.4%
19012,171+9.2%
19062,461+13.4%
19112,499+1.5%
19212,399−4.0%
19262,322−3.2%
19312,166−6.7%
19362,474+14.2%
19463,013+21.8%
19544,068+35.0%
19624,121+1.3%
19683,634−11.8%
19753,612−0.6%
19823,295−8.8%
19903,238−1.7%
19993,835+18.4%
20084,095+6.8%

Vauban fortress[edit]

The "Vauban fortress" was initially a strategic fortification established by Philippe le Bel, circa 1300. The donjon was rebuilt in 1480-1490 by Jehan II de Brosse. In 1689, Ferry reinforced the walls of the Donjon to set up a battery of 9 canons and a signaling point. In 1693 a lower circular battery was set up to control access to the Charente River. The donjon received a signal station from 1889 to World War II.[1]

Gallery[edit]

People[edit]

See also[edit]

Twinnings[edit]

References[edit]

Media related to Fouras at Wikimedia Commons

  1. ^ Local notice