Poligny, Jura

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Coat of arms of Poligny
Coat of arms
Poligny is located in France
Coordinates: 46°50′12″N 5°42′31″E / 46.8367°N 5.7086°E / 46.8367; 5.7086Coordinates: 46°50′12″N 5°42′31″E / 46.8367°N 5.7086°E / 46.8367; 5.7086
Country France
Region Franche-Comté
Department Jura
Arrondissement Lons-le-Saunier
Canton Poligny
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Dominique Bonnet
Area1 50.22 km2 (19.39 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 4,511
 • Density 90/km2 (230/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 39434 / 39800
Elevation 252–626 m (827–2,054 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.

Poligny is a commune in the Jura department in Franche-Comté in eastern France.

The town stands on the edge of the "Premier Plateau" of the Jura region, with limestone cliffs rising to its east and south, and a steephead valley leading to the village of Vaux-sur-Poligny to the east. On the cliffs to the east is a notable cave, known as "Le Trou de la Lune" (the Moonhole); on the cliffs to the south is a large cross, the "Croix du Dan". A network of hiking trails surrounds the town and provide routes to both these viewpoints, and the GR 59 long distance footpath runs through the town.

First Empire general Jean-Pierre Travot was born in Poligny; a statue in his honour stands in the principal square of the town, the Place des Déportés, and a road is named after him.

Poligny is served by the railway line from Besançon to Lons-le-Saunier.


At the census of 1999, the population was 4511. The estimate for 2004 was 4,377.


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