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Coordinates: 44°31′29″N 3°15′58″E / 44.52472°N 3.26611°E / 44.52472; 3.26611

Commune of Chirac

Location
Paris plan pointer b jms.svg
Map highlighting the commune of
Administration
Country France
Region Languedoc-Roussillon
Department Lozère
Arrondissement Mende
Canton Saint-Germain-du-Teil
Intercommunality Gévaudan
Mayor Gilbert Reversat
(2001–2008)
Statistics
Elevation 605–1,254 m (1,980–4,110 ft)
(avg. 640 m/2,100 ft)
Land area1 33.79 km2 (13.05 sq mi)
Miscellaneous
INSEE/Postal code 48049/ 48100
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Chirac is a commune in the Lozère department in southern France.

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Geography

Situated on the banks of the Colagne river in the heart of the Massif central. The D809 road passes through the village.

Population

Population history
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999
801 789 689 894 983 1006
Census count starting from 1962 : Population without double counting

Places and monuments

  • The Fare dolmen
  • The twelfth century Romanesque church.
  • The chapel of Saint-Jean-Baptiste.
  • The family chapels of the Chazette and the Volmanières
  • The English cross: The English, who ravaged the country in the 14th century, were soundly beaten in a battle on the heights of the village. This place carries today the name of Cemetery of the English’’ or Cross of the English’’. A cross, on which there’s an inscription "CH of the M" and "1701 - 1922", marks the site of the battle. During the construction of the new motorway, the A75, the cross was renovated and moved a few metres from its original position.
  • The bridge over the Colagne river.

Activities

As in the majority of the towns of Lozère, the principal activity is farming, although service industry sectors have started to play a larger part in the region.

  • Farming is essentially sheep and cattle. The size of the upland meadows allows the farmers to have comparatively large flocks.

Notable people

  • Colonel Marceau Crespin (1915-1988)
  • Nicolaï Greschny (1912-1985), artist

See also

External links

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