Antraigues-sur-Volane (French pronunciation: ​[ɑ̃tʁɛɡ syʁ vɔlan], literally Antraigues on Volane; Occitan: Entraigas) is a former commune in the Ardèche department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of southern France. On 1 January 2019, it was merged into the new commune Vallées-d'Antraigues-Asperjoc.[2]

Confluence of the Bise and the Volane
Confluence of the Bise and the Volane
Location of Antraigues-sur-Volane
Antraigues-sur-Volane is located in France
Antraigues-sur-Volane is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Coordinates: 44°43′09″N 4°21′30″E / 44.7192°N 4.3583°E / 44.7192; 4.3583Coordinates: 44°43′09″N 4°21′30″E / 44.7192°N 4.3583°E / 44.7192; 4.3583
13.46 km2 (5.20 sq mi)
 • Density38/km2 (99/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal code
Elevation372–1,344 m (1,220–4,409 ft)
(avg. 472 m or 1,549 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Antraiguains or Antraiguaines or alternatively as Antraiguais or Antraiguaises.[3]



Antraigues-sur-Volane is located 5 kilometres north of Vals-les-Bains and 14 km north of Aubenas. The village lies on the edge of the Ardèche Cévennes with the northern boundary ending at the Mézilhac Pass and the Vivarais Mountains.[citation needed]

Access to the commune is on the D578 road from Val-les-Bains in the south to the village then continuing north through the heart of the commune to Laviolle in the north. There is also the D254 going west from the D578 just outside the village via a mountainous route to Labastide-sur-Besorgues in the west. Similarly the D318 road goes east from the village by a mountainous route to Genestelle in the east. The commune is mountainous with some mountain roads accessing parts of the commune.[4]


The Volane river flows from the north through the commune where it is joined by many tributaries including the Ruisseau de Rouyon, the Ruisseau du Bouchet, the Ruisseau des Fuels, the Rivière de Bise, the Ruisseau de Coupe (which forms the southern border of the commune), and many other unnamed streams.[4]

Neighbouring communes and villagesEdit



In 1841 the commune of Laviolle was created from a part of Antraigues. Antraigues took its current name on 20 August 1989.

In the 1960s Mayor Jean Saussac brought in many artists such as Jacques Brel, Lino Ventura, Pierre Brasseur, Claude Nougaro, Alexander Calder, Allain Leprest Francesca Solleville, Aubret Isabelle and Jean Ferrat, who settled permanently in the village and became deputy mayors in charge of culture. As a result, the nickname "Little Saint Tropez of the Ardèche" was attributed to the commune.[5]


Isabelle Aubret, Pierre Tenenbaum, and Michel Pesenti at the funeral of Jean Ferrat

List of Successive Mayors of Antraigues-sur-Volane[6]

From To Name Party Position
1820 1833 Jean Pierre Chabannes
1965 1977 Jean Saussac PCF Artist (painter)
1977 2001 Michel Beyssade
2001 2014 Michel Pesenti DVG
2014 2019 Gilles Doz


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1793 1,501—    
1800 1,521+0.19%
1806 1,805+2.89%
1821 1,825+0.07%
1831 1,908+0.45%
1836 2,029+1.24%
1841 1,443−6.59%
1846 1,521+1.06%
1851 1,504−0.22%
1856 1,505+0.01%
1861 1,576+0.93%
1866 1,413−2.16%
1872 1,434+0.25%
1876 1,495+1.05%
1881 1,386−1.50%
1886 1,413+0.39%
1891 1,348−0.94%
1896 1,411+0.92%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1901 1,329−1.19%
1906 1,364+0.52%
1911 1,193−2.64%
1921 957−2.18%
1926 880−1.66%
1931 842−0.88%
1936 791−1.24%
1946 643−2.05%
1954 583−1.22%
1962 525−1.30%
1968 521−0.13%
1975 499−0.61%
1982 521+0.62%
1990 506−0.36%
1999 498−0.18%
2007 593+2.21%
2012 539−1.89%
2019 517−0.59%
Source: EHESS[7] and INSEE[8][1]
The Town Centre

Distribution of Age GroupsEdit

The Espace J. Saussac

The population of the town is relatively old. The rate of persons above the age of 60 years (48%) is significantly higher than the departmental level (31%).[9]

Culture and heritageEdit

A Waterfall at Antraigues 1907

Civil heritageEdit

  • A Tower on the village hilltop

Religious heritageEdit

  • The Chapel of Saint-Roch
  • The Parish Church contains a number of items that are registered as historical objects:
    • A Statue: The Virgin of the Immaculate Conception bringing down the serpent (19th century) [10]
    • A Statue: Saint Roch (19th century) [11]
    • A Statue: Saint Philomene (19th century) [12]
    • A Statue: Saint Jean François Régis (19th century) [13]
    • A Painting: Saint Bauzille, martyred deacon (19th century) [14]

Environmental heritageEdit

The commune has been an integral part of the Regional Natural Park of Monts d'Ardèche since its inception on 9 April 2001. The commune has two ZNIEFF type II areas in its territory named: "Line of the crest of the Mézilhac to the Escrinet Pass"[15] "Watersheds of the Volane, the Dorne, and the Bézorgues" [16]

The town also includes four ZNIEFF type I areas:

  • "Rocks and moors of the volcano forest"
  • "Streams of the Volane, the Mas, the Bise, and the Gamondes"
  • "Plateau of Pradou and the Field of Mars"
  • "Slopes of the Crau volcano"

Panoramic viewEdit

General View of Antraigues-sur-Volane.

Notable People linked to the communeEdit

A memorial to Jean Ferrat at the entrance of the Antraigues cemetery.
  • Jean-Louis Giraud-Soulavie (1752-1813), also known as Father Soulavie, geologist, diplomat, a native of Antraigues although born in Largentière, appointed vicar of Antraigues in 1776
  • Louis-Alexandre de Launay, Count of Antraigues (1753-1812)
  • Antoinette Saint-Huberty (1756-1812), famous opera singer, wife of Louis-Alexandre de Launay, Countess of Antraigues
  • François-Joseph Gamon (1767-1832), French politician, born in Antraigues
  • Edouard Froment (1884-1973), MP for the Ardeche and former President of the General Council of the Ardèche, died at Antraigues on 13 March 1973
  • Jean Saussac (1922-2005), painter, former mayor of Antraigues and decorator for films including Le Vieux Fusil, Le Secret, and Les Grandes gueules
  • Jean Ferrat (1930-2010), poet, lyricist, and French singer. Antraigues, where he settled in 1964, inspired him including his song La Montagne. He was deputy mayor during the 1970s. He is buried in the local cemetery with his brother André
  • Christine Sèvres born Boissonnet (1931-1981), wife of Jean Ferrat
  • Michel Teston (1944- ), General Counsel for the canton, Senator for the Ardeche, and former president of the General Council of the Ardèche
  • Allain Leprest (1954-2011), French poet and singer, died in Antraigues on 15 August 2011

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Téléchargement du fichier d'ensemble des populations légales en 2019, INSEE
  2. ^ Arrêté préfectoral 29 October 2018 (in French)
  3. ^ Inhabitants of Ardeche (in French)
  4. ^ a b c Google Maps
  5. ^ The Four colours of the Ardèche : on the touristic routes of Vivarais, Gilbert Freuchet, Michel Rissoan, Julie Bouleau (in French)
  6. ^ List of Mayors of France
  7. ^ Des villages de Cassini aux communes d'aujourd'hui: Commune data sheet Antraigues-sur-Volane, EHESS. (in French)
  8. ^ Populations légales 2012, INSEE
  9. ^ Évolution et structure de la population en 2015: Commune d'Antraigues-sur-Volane (07011)
  10. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM07001315 Statue: The Virgin of the Immaculate Conception bringing down the serpent (in French)
  11. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM07001314 Statue: Saint Roch (in French)
  12. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM07001313 Statue: Saint Roch (in French)
  13. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM07001312 Statue: Saint Jean François Régis (in French)
  14. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM07001311 Painting: Saint Bauzille, martyred deacon (in French)
  15. ^ Line of the crest of the Mézilhac to the Escrinet Pass: No. 0707[permanent dead link], DIREN Rhône-Alpes (in French)
  16. ^ Watersheds of the Volane, the Dorne, and the Bézorgues: No. 0708[permanent dead link], DIREN Rhône-Alpes (in French)

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