La Bastide-de-Bousignac

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La Bastide-de-Bousignac
The bell tower in La Bastide-de-Bousignac
The bell tower in La Bastide-de-Bousignac
La Bastide-de-Bousignac is located in France
La Bastide-de-Bousignac
La Bastide-de-Bousignac
Coordinates: 43°03′17″N 1°53′10″E / 43.0547°N 1.8861°E / 43.0547; 1.8861Coordinates: 43°03′17″N 1°53′10″E / 43.0547°N 1.8861°E / 43.0547; 1.8861
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Ariège
Arrondissement Pamiers
Canton Mirepoix
Intercommunality Pays de Mirepoix
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Grégory Balard
Area1 12.53 km2 (4.84 sq mi)
Population (2010)2 339
 • Density 27/km2 (70/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 09039 /09500
Elevation 310–500 m (1,020–1,640 ft)
(avg. 326 m or 1,070 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.

La Bastide-de-Bousignac is a French commune in the Ariège department in the Occitanie region of south-western France.[1]

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Bousignacois or Bousignacoises.[2]


La Bastide-de-Bousignac is located just 3 km south of Mirepoix and 2 km north of Saint-Quentin-la-Tour. Access to the commune is by the D625 road from Mirepoix which passes through the centre of the commune and the village and continues south to Saint-Quentin-la-Tour. The D7 goes east from the village to Lagarde. The D7A goes south-west from the village to Saint-Julien-de-Gras-Capou. The D78 comes from Saint-Julien-de-Gras-Capou in the south and passes north through the western arm of the commune continuing to join the D13 south of Besset. The commune is mixed farmland and forest.[3][4]

The Countirou river flows from the south through the centre of the commune and the village and continues north to join the Hers at Mirepoix. The Ruisseau de Gradal rises in the east of the commune and flows west to join the Countirou north of the village. The Ruisseau de Mazeroles flows through the western arm of the commune from south to north continuing north to join the Hers at Besset.[3][4]


La Bastide-de-Bousignac appears as la Baftide de Bouzujnac on the 1750 Cassini Map[5] and as la Baftide on the 1790 version.[6]


List of Successive Mayors[7]

From To Name Party Position
1790 1792 Jean Lanta
1792 1794 Jean Boudouresque
1794 1798 Jean Pilles
1798 1815 Joseph Boudouresque
1815 1824 Baptiste Fidency
1824 1830 Maurice Boudouresque
1830 1847 François Authie
1847 1865 François Boudouresque
1865 1870 Jean Baptiste Authie
1870 1871 François Boudouresque
1871 1877 Jean Baptiste Authie
1877 1909 Maurice Boudouresque
1909 1920 Noël Authie
1920 1929 Jules Senié
1929 1947 Joseph Henri Elie Cassagne
1947 2014 Roger Senié
2014 2020 Grégory Balard

(Not all data is known)

In February 2013 Roger Senie announces he would not stand in 2014.[8][9] In July 2013 he was reelected mayor after resigning in protest against the forced inclusion of La Bastide-de-Bousignac into the community of communes of the Pays de Mirepoix. Serving from 1947 to 2014, he was the oldest mayor in France equally with Arthur Richier, the mayor of Faucon-du-Caire in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence.[10] who, like him, did not stand in March 2014.[11]


In 2010 the commune had 339 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known from the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of communes with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger communes that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]

Population Change (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
454 378 457 460 504 505 489 516 507
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
477 484 458 449 439 443 427 403 390
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
355 343 323 272 280 290 272 267 284
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
276 251 248 296 311 327 339 -

Sources : Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 (population without double counting and municipal population from 2006)

Population of La Bastide-de-Bousignac

Culture and heritage[edit]

The Church Bell

Religious heritage[edit]

  • The Church Bell (Middle Ages)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg is registered as an historical monument.[12]

Notable people linked to the commune[edit]

  • Pierre Espert de Sibra (1771-1835), General of the armies of the Republic and the Empire, died in the hamlet of Balach.
  • Roger Sénié (born in 1921), Mayor of the commune from 1947 to 2014

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ At the beginning of the 21st century, the methods of identification have been modified by Law No. 2002-276 of 27 February 2002, the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" allows, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For communes with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually and the entire territory of these communes is taken into account at the end of the period of five years. The first "legal population" after 1999 under this new law came into force on 1 January 2009 and was based on the census of 2006.