Fox-Amphoux (French pronunciation: ​[fɔks ɑ̃fu]; Occitan: Fòs Amfós) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in south-eastern France.

A general view of the village
A general view of the village
Coat of arms of Fox-Amphoux
Location of Fox-Amphoux
Fox-Amphoux is located in France
Fox-Amphoux is located in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Coordinates: 43°35′52″N 6°05′37″E / 43.5978°N 6.0936°E / 43.5978; 6.0936Coordinates: 43°35′52″N 6°05′37″E / 43.5978°N 6.0936°E / 43.5978; 6.0936
RegionProvence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Hubert Geolle[1]
40.76 km2 (15.74 sq mi)
 (Jan. 2019)[2]
 • Density11/km2 (29/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
83060 /83670
Elevation376–691 m (1,234–2,267 ft)
(avg. 540 m or 1,770 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

As with many smaller villages off the beaten track and closer to the coast, the village perché of Fox-Amphoux lives a quiet life. The old church tower behind the town square offers a 360° panorama of the surrounding countryside including a view of Mont Sainte Victoire to the west. The former hotel in the centre of the village offers bed and breakfast ('chambres d'hôtes').

Notable residentsEdit

Paul Barras, president of the Directory and a major figure of the French Revolution, was born in Fox-Amphoux in 1755.[3] [4] Another notable resident was Christer Strömholm (1918-2002) a Swedish photographer, recipient of the 1997 Hasselblad Award, who had a house there. The artist René Lacroix (1948-2011) who was originally from Nice, moved to Fox-Amphoux in 2004 and had his atelier/gallery in the far end of the village, his works have been exhibited in France and also abroad.


A huge nettle tree, or 'micocoulier', Celtis australis, planted in 1550, stands immediately in front of the church. In front of the nettle tree is an old field elm, Ulmus minor (73  cm d.b.h.), which has (<2017) escaped Dutch elm disease.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires" (in French)., Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises. 13 September 2022.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2019". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2021.
  3. ^ Richardson, Hubert N. B. (1920). A Dictionary of Napoleon and His Times. London: Cassell & Co. p. 30.
  4. ^ Rose, John Holland (1911). "Barras, Paul François Nicolas" . Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 3 (11th ed.). pp. 431–432.