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Subject: Communes of the Charente-Maritime department, Arrondissement of Jonzac, Agudelle, Canton of Mirambeau
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Coordinates: 45°23′05″N 0°29′25″W / 45.3847°N 0.4903°W / 45.3847; -0.4903Coordinates: 45°23′05″N 0°29′25″W / 45.3847°N 0.4903°W / 45.3847; -0.4903

Country France
Region Poitou-Charentes
Department Charente-Maritime
Arrondissement Jonzac
Canton Mirambeau
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Paul Viel
 • Land1 10.87 km2 (4.20 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Population2 193
 • Population2 density 18/km2 (46/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 17005 / 17150
Elevation 39–108 m (128–354 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.

Allas-Bocage is a French commune in the Charente-Maritime department in the Poitou-Charentes region of southwestern France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Allasiens or Allasiennes[1]


Allas-Bocage is located some 5 km north-east of Mirambeau and 40 km south by south-west of Cognac. It can be accessed by the minor D151 road running off the D730 in the south-west and continuing north-east through the commune to the village then north to Jonzac. The D153 road also goes from Nieul-le-Virouil in the north-west through the commune north of the village and continues to join the D19 highway in the east. The D50 road from Nieul-le-Virouil also passes through the western part of the commune going south to Soubran. There are three hamlets in the commune apart from the village: Le Pain, Le Maine-Neuf, and Berceleu. The commune is mostly farmland with forests along the eastern border.

The Tarnac river forms the western border of the commune and an unnamed stream forms much of the southern border of the commune flowing west to join the Ruisseau de Fanioux to form the Tarnac river. The Etang d'Allas is an elongated lake which forms the north-eastern border of the commune and the stream that flows out of the lake forms the northern border before joining the Maine in the north.[2]

Neighbouring communes and villages[2]


List of Successive Mayors[3]

From To Name Party Position
2001 2014 Paul Viel DVG Retired

(Not all data is known)


After the 2007 census, Allas-Bocage had 186 inhabitants (24% greater than in 1999). By population the commune was at 27,662nd place nationally against 29,060th place in 1999 and in 2007 was 412nd out of 472 communes in the department.

In 2009, the commune had 193 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known through the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of communes with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger towns that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]

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Distribution of Age Groups

The population of the commune is relatively old. The ratio of persons above the age of 60 years (23.4%) was higher than the national rate (21.6%) while being less than the departmental average (28.1%). As with the national and departmental ratios, the female population of the commune is higher than the male population. The rate (54.4%) is significantly higher than the national rate (51.6%). The distribution of the population of the commune by age groups was, in 2009 , as follows:

Percentage Distribution of Age Groups in Allas-Bocage and Charente-Maritime Department in 2009

Allas-Bocage Allas-Bocage Charente-Maritime Charente-Maritime
Age Range Men Women Men Women
0 to 14 Years 14.9 22.5 17.2 15.1
15 to 29 Years 10.6 8.1 16.5 14.4
30 to 44 Years 21.3 21.6 18.7 17.9
45 to 59 Years 23.4 23.4 21.0 20.8
60 to 74 Years 16.0 15.3 17.2 17.8
75 to 89 Years 12.8 9.0 9.0 12.4
90 Years+ 1.1 0.0 0.5 1.5


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Sites and Monuments

The Church of Saint Martin dating from the 12th century is a Romanesque building which houses four items listed as historical monuments since 5 December 1908:

  • An engraved stone tomb dating from 1261[4]
  • A bronze bell dated 1618[5] embellishes the small bell tower
  • A stone stoup from the 15th century carved on three sides with angels, the sun, and a gable[6]
  • stone baptismal fonts, also from the 15th century[7]

See also

External links

  • Location of Allas-Bocage on Lion 1906 (French)
  • Allas-Bocage on the National Geographic Institute website (French)
  • website (French)
  • INSEE (French)

Notes and references



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