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A postcard view of Lapte from prior to 1915
A postcard view of Lapte from prior to 1915
Lapte is located in France
Coordinates: 45°11′11″N 4°13′04″E / 45.1864°N 4.2178°E / 45.1864; 4.2178Coordinates: 45°11′11″N 4°13′04″E / 45.1864°N 4.2178°E / 45.1864; 4.2178
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Haute-Loire
Arrondissement Yssingeaux
Canton Yssingeaux
 • Mayor Jean Liogier
Area1 30.75 km2 (11.87 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 1,253
 • Density 41/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 43114 /43200
Elevation 600–914 m (1,969–2,999 ft)
(avg. 843 m or 2,766 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.

Lapte is a commune in the Haute-Loire department in south-central France, located 23 kilometres southwest of the city of Firminy. Its inhabitants, called laptois and laptoises, count at 1515, with a density of 49.3 inhabitants per square kilometre. Lapte is surrounded by the communes Grézac, Chenereilles and Raucoules.


The municipality of Lapte covers 30.8 square kilometres. It is located at 860 metres above the Lignon du Velay river, where it converges with the Denieres . The river Lignon du Velay also flows through the commune.

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