Ligné, Loire-Atlantique

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The church of Saint-Pierre, in Ligné
The church of Saint-Pierre, in Ligné
Coat of arms of Ligné
Coat of arms
Location of Ligné
Ligné is located in France
Ligné is located in Pays de la Loire
Coordinates: 47°24′45″N 1°22′33″W / 47.4125°N 1.3758°W / 47.4125; -1.3758Coordinates: 47°24′45″N 1°22′33″W / 47.4125°N 1.3758°W / 47.4125; -1.3758
RegionPays de la Loire
IntercommunalityPays d'Ancenis
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Maurice Perrion
45.41 km2 (17.53 sq mi)
 • Density110/km2 (300/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Lignéennes, Lignéens
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
44082 /44850
Elevation12–72 m (39–236 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Ligné is a commune in the Loire-Atlantique department in western France.


Map of Loire-Atlantique with the location of Ligné highlighted
Communes of Loire-Atlantique, with Ligné in red.

The commune of Ligné is located 25km nord-east of Nantes, 17km north-west of Ancenis and 10km east of Nort-sur-Erdre. The bordering communes are Les Touches, Mouzeil, Couffé, Le Cellier, Saint-Mars-du-Désert and Petit-Mars.

Before 2015, Ligné was the capital of a canton that also included Couffé, Mouzeil and Le Cellier. The canton was split in 2015 and the commune joined the canton of Nort-sur-Erdre.


The name of the locality was attested in the Latin form Lingiacum in 11231, Ligiacum in 1128 and Ligneium in 1277. In Breton, she was called Polinieg by the Office of the Breton Language, name without historical value.


Ligné extends over a height commonly referred to as "Ligné Plateau". This plateau forms the watershed between the Erdre and the Loire.

In the heart of the village, the chapel Saint-Mathurin (XIIIth Century) was the place of a great pilgrimage. After several damages throughout years, the chaptel has been renovated and transformed into a small exhibition center in 2012.

Governance, Culture, Education[edit]

List of successive mayors[edit]

Period Name Political party Occupation
1834-1843 Jean Ouairy
1843-1848 Julien David
16 April 1848-5 November 1848 Louis Ouairy "father"
5 November 1848-14 June 1855 Emmanuel Botte
14 June 1855-12 October 1861 Louis Ouairy "son"
12 October 1861-1870 Nicolas Kerbarh
1870-1884 Jean Rabu
1884-1908 Auguste du Ponceau
1908-1922 Gilbert de Ponsay
1922-1925 Gabriel de la Rochefordière
1925-1954 François du Rusquec
1954-1965 Gilbert Moinard
1965-1969 Louis Jourdon
1969-1995 Jean Robin Miscellaneous right (DVD) carpenter
1995-current Maurice Perrion UDF, then MoDem, then AC, then UDI Business Manager, Regional Councilor (7th Vice-President)

President of the Association of Mayors of Loire-Atlantique


The town of Lignée is twinned with Presteigne, Wales since 2004. Cultural exchanges and trips are regularly organized between the two cities.


Centre Le Préambule
The chaptel

Ligné has a few cultural centers. "Le Préambule" is a multipurpose room opened since 2003 that is reconfigurable to host different types of events. Cultural programming is offered every year from September to May. Both rooms are also used to teach artistic practices. The Saint-Mathurin chaptel is since 2012 a small exhibition center dedicated to visual arts. The city also has a municipal library, as well as two sports complexes.


Agnès Varda High School

With a young and growing population, Ligné offers a broad educational offer to its inhabitants. The city has two schools, one public and the other private and two high schools that follow the same principle. Private schools are Notre-Dame primary school and Saint-Joseph High School, while public schools are Jules Verne primary school and Agnès Varda High School. Agnès Varda College was inaugurated in 2011 and named in honor of the director of the same name. It welcomes more than 750 students.


Map of Loire-Atlantique with Nantes and its urban area highlighted
Loire-Atlantique, with Nantes (in black) surrounded by its urban area (in red) and metropolitan area (in yellow). Nantes Métropole is outlined in black. Ligné is part of the metropolitan area of Nantes
Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1793 1,501—    
1821 2,052+1.12%
1841 2,144+0.22%
1861 2,331+0.42%
1881 2,621+0.59%
1901 2,618−0.01%
1921 2,194−0.88%
1946 1,864−0.65%
1962 1,774−0.31%
1975 1,662−0.50%
1990 2,730+3.36%
2005 3,682+2.01%
2010 4,592+4.52%
2015 5,088+2.07%
Source:Base Cassini from EHESS for figures until 1990[2][3] + INSEE

According to the classification established by INSEE, Ligné is an isolated city that is part of the urban area and the employment zone of Nantes and the living area of Nort-sur-Erdre. According to INSEE, in 2010, the distribution of the population in the territory of the municipality was considered as "sparse": 94% of inhabitants lived in "sparsely populated" areas and 6% in "very sparsely populated" areas.

The town benefits greatly from the growing attractiveness of Nantes since the nineties. Indeed, the population almost doubled since 1990. This demographic growth is reflected in the construction of new residential neighborghood and infrastructures to welcome this new population.

The following data relate to the year 2013. The population of the municipality is relatively young. The rate of people aged over 60 (15.7%) is indeed lower than the national rate (22.6%) and the county rate (22.5%). In fact, 41.2% of women and 42.6% of men residing in Ligné are under 30 years of age.

See also[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ Des villages de.
  3. ^ Dossier complet Commune.