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The Seem near Droux.
Country France
Basin features
Main source Saint-Priest-la-Feuille
405 m (1,329 ft)
46°11′47″N 01°32′20″E / 46.19639°N 1.53889°E / 46.19639; 1.53889
River mouth Gartempe
183 m (600 ft)
46°08′42″N 01°07′12″E / 46.14500°N 1.12000°E / 46.14500; 1.12000Coordinates: 46°08′42″N 01°07′12″E / 46.14500°N 1.12000°E / 46.14500; 1.12000
Progression GartempeCreuseVienneLoireAtlantic Ocean
Basin size 177 km2 (68 sq mi)
Physical characteristics
Length 50.3 km (31.3 mi)
  • Average rate:
    2 m3/s (71 cu ft/s)

The Semme (in French: la Semme) is a 50.3 km (31.3 mi) long river in the Creuse and Haute-Vienne départements, in central France.[1] Its source is in Saint-Priest-la-Feuille. It flows generally west and is a right tributary of the Gartempe into which it flows near le Bouchard, a hamlet in the municipality of Droux.

In 1918, Manfred von Richthofen, better known as the Red Baron during the First World War, was shot down near the river while pursuing Wilfrid "Wop" May.[2]

Départements and communes along its course[edit]

This list is ordered from source to mouth:


  1. ^ "Fiche cours d'eau: la Semme" (in French). Service d'administration nationale des données et référentiels sur l'eau. 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Balaban, Naomi; Bobick, James (2015). The Handy Technology Answer Book. Canton, Michigan: Visible Ink Press. p. 289. ISBN 978-1-57859-594-5. Retrieved 14 July 2016.