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La Faloise

La Faloise
La Faloise
La Faloise

Coordinates: 49°42′00″N 2°20′30″E / 49.7°N 2.3417°E / 49.7; 2.3417Coordinates: 49°42′00″N 2°20′30″E / 49.7°N 2.3417°E / 49.7; 2.3417

Country France
Region Picardy
Department Somme
Arrondissement Montdidier
Canton Ailly-sur-Noye
Intercommunality Val de Noye
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Jean-Claude Leclabart
 • Land1 9.75 km2 (3.76 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 237
 • Population2 density 24/km2 (63/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 80299 / 80250
Elevation 57–158 m (187–518 ft)
(avg. 84 m or 276 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.

La Faloise is a commune in the Somme department in Picardie in northern France.


La Faloise is situated on the D193 road, on the banks of the river Noye, some 15 miles (24 km) south of Amiens.


La Faloise grew around a 13th-century château, which was ransacked in 1358, then rebuilt early in the 15th century by the Burgundians. It was attacked by the English and taken in 1442. The chateau returned to the Burgundians under Charles le Téméraire, on return from his defeat at Beauvais. When he died in 1477, the towns of the Somme reverted to the French crown. La Faloise was then in the hands of the Montmorency family, seigneurs of Breteuil.

In the middle of the 15th century Louis I de Bourbon married Eléonore of Roye and became seigneur of La Faloise. By the end of the century, the village had experienced much upheaval, being taken by the Ligueurs, Royalists and then the Spanish. To complete the misfortune, the population was decimated by the plague in 1668.

The French Revolution saw La Faloise rebuilt and industrialised. It became famous for the fabrication of nails. This prosperity lasted until about 1850. The village was occupied by the Germans during the conflicts of the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, the First World War and the Second World War. The church was burnt down in 1940 and rebuilt after the war.


Historical population of La Faloise
Year 1962196819751982199019992006
Population 335342305263242228237
From the year 1962 on: population without double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

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External links

  • La Faloise on the Quid website (French)
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