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Coat of arms of Confolens
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Confolens is located in France
Country France
Region Poitou-Charentes
Department Charente
Arrondissement Confolens
Canton Confolens-Nord and Confolens-Sud
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Louis Dutriat
Area1 18.96 km2 (7.32 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 2,791
 • Density 150/km2 (380/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 16106 / 16500
Elevation 127–222 m (417–728 ft)
(avg. 152 m or 499 ft)

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.

Confolens (French:  ; Occitan: Cofolents) is a commune in southwestern France. It is one of the two sub-prefecture of the Charente department.

Confolens is the administrative center of a largely rural district, which has seen the development of tourism in recent years.


  • Geography 1
  • History 2
  • Population 3
  • Events 4
  • See also 5
  • Twin towns 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Confolens is located at the confluence of the Vienne and Goire rivers. This location is at the origin of its name. Confolens is also at the point where the Charente and Limousin regions meet, hence the name sometimes used to describe the area of "Charente Limousine".


Confolens was built around a fortress first mentioned in the eleventh century. It still has picturesque remnants of its medieval past, including city walls and several houses dating from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries. It also features a bridge first mentioned in the fourteenth century.

In the nineteenth century, Confolens developed itself as the administrative center for a considerable agriculture area, due to its role as sous-prefecture and the distance of all other major towns (Angoulême, Limoges and Poitiers are all about 70 kilometres away). It has several handsome nineteenth century administrative buildings, some of which were built by Paul Abadie, who was very active in the region.

There has been limited further urbanization in the twentieth century. The population of the town has aged, and the number of agriculture and industrial jobs have declined. British and Dutch have been acquiring property in and around the town, and now form a significant presence.

One of the most prominent people to have hailed from Confolens is Émile Roux, a physician and immunologist who was a close collaborator of Louis Pasteur. The former Confolens high school was named for Roux.



Confolens is the home of the Festival de Folklore, one of France's largest and best known folklore festivals, which takes place annually in August.

See also

Twin towns



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