Les Assions

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Les Assions
View of the village at the foot of Puech
View of the village at the foot of Puech
Les Assions is located in France
Les Assions
Les Assions
Coordinates: 44°25′20″N 4°10′28″E / 44.4222°N 4.1744°E / 44.4222; 4.1744Coordinates: 44°25′20″N 4°10′28″E / 44.4222°N 4.1744°E / 44.4222; 4.1744
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Ardèche
Arrondissement Largentière
Canton Vans
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Pascal Redon
Area1 14.88 km2 (5.75 sq mi)
Population (2010)2 654
 • Density 44/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 07017 /07140
Elevation 122–329 m (400–1,079 ft)
(avg. 200 m or 660 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 Assions is a French commune in the Ardèche department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of southern France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Assionais or Assionaises.[1]


The Saint-Arnault Grotto

Les Assions is located some 35 km south-west of Aubenas and 5 km north-east of Les Vans. Access to the commune is by the D104A road from Lablachère in the north passing through the heart of the commune just east of the village and continuing south to join the D295 near Vompdes. The D452 branches off the D104A in the commune and goes east by a circuitous route to the Village de Vacances Francaises de Casteljau. The D104 from Lablachère to Saint-Paul-le-Jeune forms the eastern border of the commune. Access to the village is by a country road (Le Village) branching north from the D104A in the south of the commune. Apart from the village there are the hamlets of Le Bosc in the west, Le Bourel and La Ribeyrie to the north-east and Champetier-Haut in the north. The commune east of the Salindres river is mostly wasteland and forest while the west side is mostly forest with farmland and residential areas.[2]

The Chassezac river forms the southern border of the commune as it flows east to join the Ardeche at Saint-Alban-Auriolles. The Riviere de Salindres flows south through the commune to join the Chassezac and several other tributaries rise in the commune and flow into the Chassezac.[2]

Neighbouring communes and villages[2][edit]


The War Memorial

List of Successive Mayors[3]

From To Name Party Position
1848 Boize[4]
1995 Jean Duny
1995 2014 Michel Moutet
2014 2020 Pascal Redon

(Not all data is known)


In 2010 the commune had 654 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 towns that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]

Population Change (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
1,178 979 1,036 1,042 1,177 1,274 1,357 1,471 1,464
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
1,424 1,250 1,205 1,240 1,194 1,007 976 972 931
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
882 848 779 664 612 593 570 700 444
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
495 456 402 440 448 529 573 654 -

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

Population of Les Assions

Distribution of Age Groups[edit]

The population of the town is relatively old. The ratio of persons above the age of 60 years (30.8%) is higher than the national average (21.6%) and the departmental average (26.8%). As with national and departmental allocations, the male population of the town is less than the female population (48.8% against 48.4% nationally and 48.2% at the departmental level).

Percentage Distribution of Age Groups in Les Assions and Ardèche Department in 2010

Les Assions Les Assions Ardèche Ardèche
Age Range Men Women Men Women
0 to 14 Years 15.9 16.3 18.6 16.8
15 to 29 Years 12.1 12.7 15.3 13.9
30 to 44 Years 17.5 16.0 19.4 18.5
45 to 59 Years 24.4 23.6 21.5 20.6
60 to 74 Years 20.3 19.0 16.5 16.8
75 to 89 Years 9.8 12.1 8.1 11.9
90 Years+ 0.0 0.3 0.5 1.5


Sites and monuments[edit]

  • The abandoned village of Cornilhon
  • The Clochans on the Plateau des Gras
  • The Chapel of Sainte-Apollonie from the 19th century on top of the Puech
  • The Church of Saint-Apollinaire, rebuilt in the 17th and 19th centuries on the ruins of a Roman church

The Church of Saint-Apollinaire contains three items that are registered as historical objects:

  • Statue: Saint Apollinaire (19th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[5]
  • 2 Processional Crosses (19th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[6]
  • A Bronze Bell (1670)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[7]

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, 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.


  1. ^ Inhabitants of Ardèche (French)
  2. ^ a b c Google Maps
  3. ^ List of Mayors of France (French)
  4. ^ Éric Darrieux, The welcome of the Second Republic to a village in Ardèche, in Rives nord-méditerranéennes, Paysans et pouvoirs local, le temps des révolutions, Online on 22 July 2005, consulted on 16 May 2013
  5. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM07000483 Statue: Saint Apollinaire (French)
  6. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM07000482 2 Processional Crosses (French)
  7. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM07000031 Bronze Bell (French)

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