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Chasseneuil-du-Poitou

 

Chasseneuil-du-Poitou

Chasseneuil-du-Poitou
Chasseneuil-du-Poitou
Chasseneuil-du-Poitou

Coordinates: 46°39′07″N 0°22′23″E / 46.6519°N 0.3731°E / 46.6519; 0.3731Coordinates: 46°39′07″N 0°22′23″E / 46.6519°N 0.3731°E / 46.6519; 0.3731

Country France
Region Poitou-Charentes
Department Vienne
Arrondissement Poitiers
Canton Poitiers 7
Intercommunality Poitiers
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Claude Eidelstein
Area
 • Land1 17.61 km2 (6.80 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 4,548
 • Population2 density 260/km2 (670/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 86062 / 86360

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Chasseneuil-du-Poitou is a commune in the Vienne department in the Poitou-Charentes region in western France.

It lies 7 km north of the centre of Poitiers. Its inhabitants are called the Chasseneuillais.

Chasseneuil-du-Poitou is the home of the Parc du Futuroscope, and the Technopole du Futuroscope, making up part of the École nationale supérieure de mécanique et d'aérotechnique de Poitiers (English: Poitiers' National superior school of mechanics and aeronautics).[1]

Former French Prime Minister, now Senator Jean-Pierre Raffarin served as assistant to the Mayor between 1995 and 2001[2]

Economy

The economy has largely depended on tourism since the construction 20 years ago of the Futuroscope park, although in addition to this, it is the home of part of the Futuroscope Technopole, which holds 200 high tech businesses, and helps educate 2,000 students.[3] The American company SAFT have a factory in the town, which furnishes a large part of the European battery market.[4]

Because of the presence of the park and technopole, a new TGV station, "Gare du Futuroscope", was built in 2000. It is served by up to 40 trains per day.[5]

History

The town, then simply the villa Cassinogilum, was a royal residence of first the Merovingian, and then Carolingian dynasties in France.[6] Louis the Pious, later King of Aquitaine and King of the Franks was born in the villa on 16 April 778, when his mother, Hildegard of Vinzgouw was staying in the villa whilst his father Charlemagne was on campaign in Spain.

Administration

The town has a 27 member town council, led by Mayor Claude Eidelstein, and his seven assistant Mayors. The town is part of Vienne's 1st constituency, and is represented in the National Assembly by Alain Claeys (PS).

Demographics

Historical population of Chasseneuil-du-Poitou
Year 1962196819751982199019992006
Population 1869214423322888300238454548

Places and monuments

Gallery

See also

References

  • INSEE

External links

  • Town website
  • Chasseneuil-du-Poitou entry on the site of the National Geographical Institute
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