Salies-de-Béarn

Salies-de-Béarn (French pronunciation: ​[sali də beaʁn], literally Salies of Béarn; Occitan: Salias) is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in south-western France.

Salies-de-Béarn
Town Hall
Town Hall
Coat of arms of Salies-de-Béarn
Location of Salies-de-Béarn
Salies-de-Béarn is located in France
Salies-de-Béarn
Salies-de-Béarn
Salies-de-Béarn is located in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Salies-de-Béarn
Salies-de-Béarn
Coordinates: 43°28′16″N 0°55′30″W / 43.471°N 0.925°W / 43.471; -0.925Coordinates: 43°28′16″N 0°55′30″W / 43.471°N 0.925°W / 43.471; -0.925
CountryFrance
RegionNouvelle-Aquitaine
DepartmentPyrénées-Atlantiques
ArrondissementOloron-Sainte-Marie
CantonOrthez et Terres des Gaves et du Sel
Government
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Thierry Cabanne[1]
Area
1
52.08 km2 (20.11 sq mi)
Population
 (Jan. 2019)[2]
4,568
 • Density88/km2 (230/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
64499 /64270
Elevation28–202 m (92–663 ft)
(avg. 56 m or 184 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

The name comes from its naturally occurring saline water (Gascon salias for Standard Occitan salinas). During the expanded, pre-liberation occupation of France by Nazi Germany, Salies was on the border between the occupied zone and the free zone.

Between September 1941 and the summer of 1942, Jean Anouilh wrote his famous adaptation of Sophocles' tragedy, Antigone in the comparatively idyllic setting of Salies-de-Bearn, relieved of the invader's presence, the evening curfews and the deprivations of Paris. The play premiered in Occupied Paris in February 1944.

Salies-de-Bearn served as the setting for the writer Trevanian's novel, The Summer of Katya. In the book, it was renamed Salies-les-Bains.

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  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires". data.gouv.fr, Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises (in French). 2 December 2020. Retrieved 7 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2019". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2021.