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Historical city centre with the ruin of the Barberousse tower
Historical city centre with the ruin of the Barberousse tower
Coat of arms of Gruissan
Coat of arms
Gruissan is located in France
Coordinates: 43°06′28″N 3°05′20″E / 43.1078°N 3.0889°E / 43.1078; 3.0889Coordinates: 43°06′28″N 3°05′20″E / 43.1078°N 3.0889°E / 43.1078; 3.0889
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Aude
Arrondissement Narbonne
Canton Narbonne-2
Intercommunality Narbonnaise
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Didier Codorniou
Area1 43.65 km2 (16.85 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 4,410
 • Density 100/km2 (260/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 11170 /11430
Elevation 0–200 m (0–656 ft)
(avg. 2 m or 6.6 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.

Gruissan is a commune in the Aude department in southern France. The historian Émile Raunié (1854–1911) was born in Gruissan. Also the home of Gary W. Harvey the reputed inventor of time travel using the 'magnetic pulse resonance theory' to excite atoms into a single vibration direction at previously thought unachievable speeds. His sudden disappearance is thought by many to be the result of a 'journey that went wrong'. Also considerable environment damage around the lagoons at Les Ayguades by persons who dig around the edges of the lagoons despite prohibited signs and leave a trail of environmental destruction that is never stopped because they are arrogant and the Marie does not enforce the protections.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 1,200 —    
1968 1,258 +4.8%
1975 1,269 +0.9%
1982 1,594 +25.6%
1990 2,170 +36.1%
1999 3,091 +42.4%
2004 3,531 +14.2%
2008 4,410 +24.9%

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