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Main route entering Mourenx
Main route entering Mourenx
Coat of arms of Mourenx
Coat of arms
Mourenx is located in France
Coordinates: 43°22′46″N 0°36′25″W / 43.3794°N 0.6069°W / 43.3794; -0.6069Coordinates: 43°22′46″N 0°36′25″W / 43.3794°N 0.6069°W / 43.3794; -0.6069
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Arrondissement Pau
Canton Lagor
Intercommunality Lacq
 • Mayor (2001–2008) David Habib
Area1 6 km2 (2 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 7,735
 • Density 1,300/km2 (3,300/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 64410 /64150
Elevation 95–182 m (312–597 ft)
(avg. 105 m or 344 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.

Mourenx is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department[1] in south-western France.


A settlement of Mourengs existed in the eleventh century. A secular abbey existed, belonging to the Viscount of Béarn. In 1385 the village had 27 hearths.[2]

Natural gas deposits were discovered in nearby Lacq in 1951. A new town was constructed in 1958 to provide accommodation for the workers required at the gas processing plant.[3] The town was designed by architects and urbanists Coulon, Douillet and Maneval. It consisted of three groups of collective housing, three groups of family housing, all around a central area of support facilities.[3]

The well-known French sociologist Henri Lefebvre carried out a study of Mourenx and its inhabitants at the time of its creation.[3]

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