Le Vernet, Ariège

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Le Vernet
Memorial for the Le Vernet Internment Camp
Memorial for the Le Vernet Internment Camp
Le Vernet is located in France
Le Vernet
Le Vernet
Coordinates: 43°11′10″N 1°36′11″E / 43.1861°N 1.6031°E / 43.1861; 1.6031Coordinates: 43°11′10″N 1°36′11″E / 43.1861°N 1.6031°E / 43.1861; 1.6031
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Ariège
Arrondissement Pamiers
Canton Saverdun
Intercommunality Pays de Pamiers
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Michel Grasa
Area1 5.59 km2 (2.16 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 632
 • Density 110/km2 (290/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 09331 / 09700
Elevation 235–376 m (771–1,234 ft)
(avg. 261 m or 856 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.

Le Vernet is a commune in the Ariège department in southwestern France.


Inhabitants of Le Vernet are called Vernétois.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 323 —    
1968 382 +18.3%
1975 417 +9.2%
1982 464 +11.3%
1990 508 +9.5%
1999 536 +5.5%
2008 632 +17.9%


It was the site of Camp Vernet, a concentration camp built in 1918. During World War II it was used by the Vichy authorities to intern "undesirable aliens", primarily European refugees, including Jews, and as a transit camp for detained Jews who were to be deported to Nazi labor and extermination camps.


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