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The town hall in Peyrestortes
The town hall in Peyrestortes
Coat of arms of Peyrestortes
Coat of arms
Peyrestortes is located in France
Coordinates: 42°45′18″N 2°51′09″E / 42.755°N 2.8525°E / 42.755; 2.8525Coordinates: 42°45′18″N 2°51′09″E / 42.755°N 2.8525°E / 42.755; 2.8525
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Pyrénées-Orientales
Arrondissement Perpignan
Canton Le Ribéral
Intercommunality Perpignan Méditerranée
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Henri Baptiste
Area1 7.96 km2 (3.07 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 1,430
 • Density 180/km2 (470/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 66138 /66600
Elevation 35–97 m (115–318 ft)
(avg. 35 m or 115 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.

Peyrestortes (Catalan: Paretstortes) is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.


Peyrestortes is located in the canton of Le Ribéral and in the arrondissement of Perpignan.

Map of Peyrestortes and its surrounding communes



On 17 September 1793, French forces of the Army of the Eastern Pyrenees defeated two divisions of the Spanish Army of Catalonia at the Battle of Peyrestortes. General of Division Eustache Charles d'Aoust led his division to attack Lieutenant General (LG) Juan de Courten's Spanish troops at Le Vernet north of Perpignan. At the same time General of Brigade Antoine Goguet's French division assaulted the camp of LG Jerónimo Girón-Moctezuma, Marquis de las Amarilas on the hill south of Peyrestortes. The beaten Spanish troops, which were under the overall command of Captain General Antonio Ricardos withdrew south to Trouillas. A monument about one km southeast of the village and adjacent to the Perpignan-Rivesaltes International Airport commemorates the victory.

A la mémoire de l'armée des Pyrénées-Orientales qui combattirent à Peyrestortes sous la conduite des conventionnels Cassanyes, Fabre, des généraux Daoust et Goguet.[1]

An English translation is as follows.

To the memory of the Army of the Eastern Pyrenees who fought at Peyrestortes under the command of deputies Cassanyes, Fabre, of generals Daoust and Goguet.


Population 1962-2008

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Prats, Detruire Tout, Pour Oublier

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