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Le Ménil

Le Ménil
Le Ménil is located in France
Le Ménil
Le Ménil
Coordinates:
Country France
Region Lorraine
Department Vosges
Arrondissement Épinal
Canton Le Thillot
Intercommunality Association of the Mynes and southern Upper Vosges communes
Government
 • Mayor (2005–2008–2014) Jean-Claude Côme
Area1 20.38 km2 (7.87 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 1,221
 • Density 60/km2 (160/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 88302 / 88160
Elevation 509–1,106 m (1,670–3,629 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.

Le Ménil is a commune in the Vosges department in Lorraine in northeastern France. It is sometimes called Le Ménil-Thillot to distinguish it from nearby Ménil-de-Senones.

Inhabitants are called Guédons.

Contents

  • Geography 1
  • History 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4

Geography

The commune is positioned southeast of the département, some 6 kilometres (4 mi) to the west of the source of the Moselle at Bussang. The intervening presence of a 952 meter mountain peak means that for motorists the drive to Bussang covers approximately 15 kilometres (9 mi) however. Across the Ménil Pass to the northeast, and approached by smaller roads, is the less well known Moselotte River. The pass connects the seat of the canton, Le Thillot, with Cornimont and a number of smaller mountain villages.

The surrounding mountain summits offer superb views, and tourism has become a defining pillar of the local economy. Registered tourist accommodation exceeds 1,000 beds. The presence of a covered go-kart track in a village with a registered population of barely above 1,000 provides further evidence of the importance of tourism.

History

For a long time Le Ménil was a hamlet controlled by Ramonchamp, but it became a parish in its own right in 1735, and acquired the statute on a commune under the Revolution.

See also

References

  • INSEE
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