Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat (Occitan: Sent Liunard) is a commune in the Haute-Vienne department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in west-central France, on a hill above the river Vienne. It is named after Saint Leonard of Noblac.

Saint-Léonard Church
Saint-Léonard Church
Coat of arms of Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat
Coat of arms
Location of Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat
Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat is located in France
Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat is located in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Coordinates: 45°50′18″N 1°29′29″E / 45.8383°N 1.4914°E / 45.8383; 1.4914Coordinates: 45°50′18″N 1°29′29″E / 45.8383°N 1.4914°E / 45.8383; 1.4914
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Christine Riffaud
55.59 km2 (21.46 sq mi)
 • Density82/km2 (210/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
87161 /87400
Elevation250–444 m (820–1,457 ft)
(avg. 330 m or 1,080 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.


Inhabitants are known as Miaulétous.


Saint-Léonard church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site part of the World Heritage Sites of the Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France. Lajoumard, administratively part of Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat, is one of the oldest villages in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

Notable peopleEdit

Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat is the hometown of the chemist and physicist, Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac.

Adrien Pressemane, a porcelain painter, lived in the town and represented the district in parliament.[2]

Raymond Poulidor, considered by some as the most popular racing cyclist in France, lived in the town. He was known as "the eternal second" of the Tour de France after repeatedly losing, often against Jacques Anquetil, who won five times. Poulidor later competed against Eddy Merckx, who also won five times. Poulidor's best victory was in Milan-Sanremo.

Serge Gainsbourg, (Lucien Ginzburg) (1928-1991), took refuge a few months during the year 1944 to the local high school, thereby escaping the persecution of Jews (his parents had immigrated from Crimea) . A comprehensive article on this stay appears in the journal "Memory of Here" (No. 3). His presence in Saint Léonard - it lasted about 6 months - has long been ignored, to the point of creating a controversy about a street name (2001). Only the Press House now called the singer. The debate is closed, since the arrival of Serge in Saint-Léonard has been proven by several witnesses.

Gilles Deleuze, French philosopher, lived and is buried there.

Mario David, of his real name Jacques Paul Jules Marie David, French actor, (1927-1996) was at school here.

Georges-Emmanuel Clancier, (1914-2018), French writer and poet. In Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat, he met Raymond Queneau and Michel Leiris.

Daniel-Henri Kahnweiler (1884-1979), German writer and collector, who promoted the Cubist movement and discovered, among others, Picasso and Braque, took refuge in Saint-Léonard during the war.

Philippe de Vomécourt (1902-1964), French Resistance and Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent in World War II. His home was near Noblat.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Populations légales 2017". INSEE. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  2. ^ Amdur, Kathryn Ellen (1986). Syndicalist legacy: trade unions and politics in two French cities in the era of World War I. University of Illinois Press. p. 48. ISBN 978-0-252-01238-9. Retrieved 4 May 2012.

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