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The town hall in the hamlet of Serre, in Val-des-Prés
The town hall in the hamlet of Serre, in Val-des-Prés
Coat of arms of Val-des-Prés
Coat of arms
Val-des-Prés is located in France
Coordinates: 44°56′57″N 6°40′45″E / 44.9492°N 6.6792°E / 44.9492; 6.6792Coordinates: 44°56′57″N 6°40′45″E / 44.9492°N 6.6792°E / 44.9492; 6.6792
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Hautes-Alpes
Arrondissement Briançon
Canton Briançon-2
Intercommunality Briançon
 • Mayor (2008–2014) René Siestrunck
Area1 44.77 km2 (17.29 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 502
 • Density 11/km2 (29/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 05174 /05100
Elevation 1,338–2,761 m (4,390–9,058 ft)
(avg. 1,370 m or 4,490 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.

Val-des-Prés is a commune in the Hautes-Alpes department in southeastern France.

It is situated in the Clarée Valley.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 195 —    
1968 217 +11.3%
1975 276 +27.2%
1982 390 +41.3%
1990 479 +22.8%
1999 450 −6.1%
2008 502 +11.6%


The village was the home of Émilie Carles who wrote her memoir A Wild Herb Soup (or A Life of her Own, original French: Une Soupe aux herbes sauvages) (1977) describing life in the village in the early and mid 20th century.

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