Anglefort

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Anglefort
Chautagne lock on the Rhone
Chautagne lock on the Rhone
Location of Anglefort
Anglefort is located in France
Anglefort
Anglefort
Anglefort is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Anglefort
Anglefort
Coordinates: 45°54′47″N 5°48′33″E / 45.9131°N 5.8092°E / 45.9131; 5.8092Coordinates: 45°54′47″N 5°48′33″E / 45.9131°N 5.8092°E / 45.9131; 5.8092
CountryFrance
RegionAuvergne-Rhône-Alpes
DepartmentAin
ArrondissementBelley
CantonHauteville-Lompnes
IntercommunalityUsses et Rhône
Government
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Bernard Thiboud
Area
1
29.26 km2 (11.30 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
1,142
 • Density39/km2 (100/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
01010 /01350
Elevation238–1,524 m (781–5,000 ft)
(avg. 251 m or 823 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Anglefort is a commune in the department of Ain in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of eastern France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Clafordans or Clafordanes[2]

Geography[edit]

A steep stretch on the D120 through the Col du Grand Colombier.

Anglefort is a commune in Bugey on the right bank of the Rhone at the foot of the mountain of Grand Colombier which has a panorama of the Alps and the Jura mountains.

The commune is located 25 km south of Bellegarde-sur-Valserine and 30 km north by north-west of Aix-les-Bains. Access to the commune is by road D992 from Seyssel in the north passing through the length of the commune and the village to Culoz in the south. There is also access on road D120 which is a highly circuitous route from Lochieu in the west continuing to the village as the D120A and continuing south through the Col du Grand Colombier (1,501m) to Culoz. A railway line passes through the commune from north to south with a station to the east of the village.[3]

The Rhone river runs south along the eastern border of the commune and Le Verdet stream flows from the north to the south of the commune into the Rhone.[3]

Environment[edit]

The alluvial aquifer fed by the Rhone is threatened by an internal discharge created by the Pechiney Group. Foundry waste, metal dust, and recovered acid from filters have been buried in the Chautagnard marsh with a probable contamination by heavy metals and arsenic.[4]

History[edit]

The Priory of Anglefort was located on the communal territory in the Middle Ages. In 1590 Guillaume Drujon[5] was a priest and he became abbot in 1620.

Administration[edit]

List of mayors of Anglefort[6]

From To Name Party Position
1995 2001 Michel Thiboud
2001 2008 René Perrier
2008 Present Bernard Thiboud DVD

(Not all data is known)

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
2006900—    
2007918+2.0%
2008926+0.9%
2009960+3.7%
2010994+3.5%
20111,031+3.7%
20121,069+3.7%
20131,108+3.6%
20141,142+3.1%
20151,133−0.8%
20161,124−0.8%

Economy[edit]

The Électricité de France (EDF) Dam is on the Rhone river in the territory of the commune and there is a factory producing silicon. Formerly the property of the Pechiney Electro-metallurgy group, the factory has passed successively into the hands of Alcan (Canada), and the Anglo-Australian Rio Tinto at the whim of successive buy-backs of this former French industrial flagship.

Sites and monuments[edit]

  • Two sites are registered as historical monuments in the commune:
    • The old Chateau of Anglefort (18th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[7] formerly the seat of the Lordship of Anglefort and rebuilt in 1741.
    • The Chateau of Mieugy ParkLogo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[8]
  • The remains of the Chateau de la Rochette which dominates the Rhone was the seat of the Lordship of Rochette, mentioned in 1407.

Notable people linked to the commune[edit]

  • Monseigneur Jacques-François Besson, born in Mieugy, Bishop of Metz from 1824 to 1842

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ Inhabitants of Ain (in French)
  3. ^ a b c Google Maps
  4. ^ Note by the Robin Hood NGO called The casseroles of Pechiney, dated 6 October 2003 (in French)
  5. ^ Jean Létanche, The old Castles, Fortified houses, and feudal ruins in the canton of Yenne and Savoy, The History Book of Lorisse, 1907 (ISBN 9782843738135) p. 18. (in French)
  6. ^ List of Mayors of France (in French)
  7. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00116292 Chateau (in French)
  8. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA01000327 Chateau of Mieugy Park (in French)