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The church in Rancon
The church in Rancon
Coat of arms of Rancon
Coat of arms
Rancon is located in France
Coordinates: 46°07′54″N 1°11′02″E / 46.1317°N 1.1839°E / 46.1317; 1.1839Coordinates: 46°07′54″N 1°11′02″E / 46.1317°N 1.1839°E / 46.1317; 1.1839
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Haute-Vienne
Arrondissement Bellac
Canton Châteauponsac
Intercommunality Gartempe - Saint Pardoux
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Renée Penichou
Area1 33.31 km2 (12.86 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 556
 • Density 17/km2 (43/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 87121 /87290
Elevation 185–337 m (607–1,106 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.

Rancon (Occitan: Rancom) is a commune in the Haute-Vienne department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in west-central France.


The river Semme forms the commune's northern border.

The river Gartempe forms part of the commune's eastern border, flows westward through the middle of the commune, then forms part of the commune's western border.

Inhabitants are known as Ranconniers.

Outside the village is a small chapel which has been painted by English artists Fred Yates and Geoff Bunn.

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