Les Abrets

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Les Abrets
SNCF train in Les Abrets
SNCF train in Les Abrets
Coat of arms of Les Abrets
Coat of arms
Les Abrets is located in France
Les Abrets
Les Abrets
Coordinates: 45°32′15″N 5°35′09″E / 45.5375°N 5.5858°E / 45.5375; 5.5858Coordinates: 45°32′15″N 5°35′09″E / 45.5375°N 5.5858°E / 45.5375; 5.5858
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Isère
Arrondissement La Tour-du-Pin
Canton Chartreuse-Guiers
Intercommunality Bourbre-Tisserands
 • Mayor (2014–2020) François Boucly
Area1 6.89 km2 (2.66 sq mi)
Population (2009)2 3,186
 • Density 460/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 38001 /38490
Elevation 261–434 m (856–1,424 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.

Les Abrets is a former commune in the Isère department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of southeastern France. On 1 January 2016, it was merged into the new commune of Les Abrets-en-Dauphiné.[1]

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Abrésiens or Abrésiennes[2]


Les Abrets is located some 30 km west of Chambery and 25 km east of Bourgoin-Jallieu. The commune can be accessed on the D1075 road from the north-west continuing through the commune and the village to La Bâtie-Divisin in the south. The D1006 highway comes from La Tour-du-Pin in the west and intersects the D1075 in the centre of the village then continues to Le Pont-de-Beauvoisin in the east. There is also the D142E road from the village going north-east, the D592 which goes north from the village continuing to Chimilin, and the D142 going north-west to Fitilieu. A railway passes through the commune from west to east with a station just outside the western edge of the commune. The urban area of Les Abrets covers a large portion of the commune with a belt of forest running north to south through the centre of the commune. With some forested areas in the east of the commune and some forest in the east, the balance of the land area is farmland.[3]

The Bievre stream flows south down the eastern edge of the commune. Other streams flow near the village and to the south.[3]

Neighbouring communes and villages[3][edit]


The term Abrets comes from Albrez Albretum or Arbreta (from the Latin Arbor: relative to a tree). This wooded area was given to the "Poor Knights of Christ" in about 1124 who then became the Knights of the Temple of Jerusalem in 1128, known under the name of the Templars.


Arms of Les Abrets

Gules, a chevron debased in Or, in chief to dexter two weaver's shuttles of argent saltirewise, to sinister a dolphin the same, in base three firs vert the middle higher.


List of Successive Mayors of Les Abrets[4]

Les Abrets Station in the 1900s
Mayors from 1935
From To Name Party Position
1935 1959 Pierre Collomb
1959 1965 Maurice Bernard
1965 1986 Jean Janin
1986 1992 Maurice Gaillard
1992 2008 Jean-Paul Gau
2008 2014 Jean-Pierre Chabert UMP
2014 2020 François Boucly

(Not all data is known)


In 2010 the commune had 3,455 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known through the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of municipalities with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger towns that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]

Population Change (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
763 688 834 1,071 1,203 1,292 1,347 1,250 1,297
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
1,305 1,343 1,341 1,440 1,743 1,826 1,705 1,754 1,756
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
1,818 1,923 1,850 1,773 1,831 1,954 1,818 1,890 2,010
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2007 2010
2,215 2,305 2,437 2,795 2,804 2,705 3,007 3,050 3,455

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

Population of Les Abrets

Sites and Monuments[edit]

  • A Church (19th century) contains a Chalice with Paten (17th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg which is registered as an historical object.[5]
  • The Domaine des Fauves (Abrets Zoological Park)
  • Path of Pilgrimage to Saint-Jacques de Compostela: Les Abrets is located on one of the pilgrims trails
  • The Bourgeat Factory makes catering equipment and stainless steel for professional kitchens
  • The Centre Jean Jannin is an establishment for people with disabilities founded in 1977
The Zoo Picture Gallery

Notable People linked to the commune[edit]

  • Thomas Joseph-Armand Caillat, religious goldsmith, lived in the commune.

See also[edit]

External links[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 [1], the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" which allow, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For municipalities with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these municipalities 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.


  1. ^ Arrêté préfectoral 30 December 2015
  2. ^ Inhabitants of Isère (French)
  3. ^ a b c Google Maps
  4. ^ List of Mayors of France (French)
  5. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM38000647 Chalice with Paten (French)