|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Bernard Castagnier (PR)|
|Area1||42.27 km2 (16.32 sq mi)|
|• Density||11/km2 (28/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|INSEE/Postal code||12129 /12430|
|Elevation||315–803 m (1,033–2,635 ft)
(avg. 720 m or 2,360 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.
Relation to Inspector Lestrade
The village of Lestrade-et-Thouels is considered as a possible origin of the family name "Lestrade", made famous through the character Inspector Lestrade who appears in numerous Sherlock Holmes stories. Arthur Conan Doyle is known to have given the fictional inspector the name of a friend from his days at the University of Edinburgh, a Saint Lucian medical student, Joseph Alexandre Lestrade. The ancestry of Joseph Lestrade is not sufficiently known to establish a certain link between him and the French village.
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