A general view of the village
|• Mayor (2001–2008)||Jacques Marion|
|Area1||40.76 km2 (15.74 sq mi)|
|• Density||10/km2 (27/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|INSEE/Postal code||83060 /83670|
376–691 m (1,234–2,267 ft) |
(avg. 540 m or 1,770 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.
As with many smaller villages off the beaten track and closer to the coast, the village perché of Fox-Amphoux lives a quiet life. The old church tower behind the town square offers a 360° panorama of the surrounding countryside including a view of Mont Sainte Victoire to the west. The former hotel in the centre of the village offers bed and breakfast ('chambre d'hotes').
Paul Barras, president of the Directory and a major figure of the French Revolution, was born in Fox-Amphoux in 1755. Another notable resident was the artist René Lacroix (originally from Nice) who had a gallery in the far end of the village. He exhibited works both in France and abroad; Lacroix's works are in private collections around the world.
A huge nettle tree, or 'micocoulier', Celtis australis, planted in 1550, stands immediately in front of the church. In front of the nettle tree is an old field elm, Ulmus minor (73 cm d.b.h.), which has (<2017) escaped Dutch elm disease.
- Richardson, Hubert N. B. (1920). A Dictionary of Napoleon and His Times. London: Cassell & Co. p. 30.
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