A sign showing the name of the inventor of photography
|Intercommunality||Le grand Chalon|
|• Mayor||Francis Debras|
|Area1||8.32 km2 (3.21 sq mi)|
|• Density||140/km2 (360/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|INSEE/Postal code||71444 /71240|
|Elevation||171–205 m (561–673 ft)
(avg. 191 m or 627 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.
It is 6 km (3.7 mi) south of the centre of Chalon-sur-Saône.
Nicéphore Niépce, the inventor of photography, lived in Saint-Loup-de-Varennes, where he died in 1833. Most or all of his photographs, including one taken in 1827 and now the oldest known surviving camera photograph, were made at Le Gras, his ancestral family estate in this village.
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