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Laàs is located in France
Coordinates: 43°22′57″N 0°51′00″W / 43.3825°N 0.85°W / 43.3825; -0.85Coordinates: 43°22′57″N 0°51′00″W / 43.3825°N 0.85°W / 43.3825; -0.85
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Arrondissement Oloron-Sainte-Marie
Canton Sauveterre-de-Béarn
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Jacques Pédehontaà
Area1 6.46 km2 (2.49 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 108
 • Density 17/km2 (43/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 64287 /64390
Elevation 63–235 m (207–771 ft)
(avg. 142 m or 466 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.

Laàs (Lars in Occitan) is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in south-western France.

Neighbouring villages include Orriule to the north, Andrein to the north-west, Narp to the east, Barraute-Camu to the west, and Montfort to the south.

The town is notable for its self-declared secession from France as the Principality of Laàs en Béarn.

Principality of Laàs[edit]

The Principality of Laàs en Béarn is an initiative of the mayor of Laàs, Jacques Pédehontaà. He first proposed the idea in August 2011 to protest against the administrative reforms of the French government.[1]

As of May 2014, the principality is registered as a non-profit association in the Prefecture of Pau.[2] In August 2014 it presents three animation projects including a Hollywood Walk of Fame-like boulevard.[3]

The Principality officially declared its independence on January 1, 2015.[4]

Original flag of the Principality of Laàs

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