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Artigat is located in France
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Country France
Region Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées
Department Ariège
Arrondissement Pamiers
Canton Fossat
Intercommunality Vallée de la Lèze
 • Mayor (2014–2020) François Vanderstraeten
Area1 23.9 km2 (9.2 sq mi)
Population (2010)2 566
 • Density 24/km2 (61/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 09019 / 09130
Elevation 242–434 m (794–1,424 ft)
(avg. 265 m or 869 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.

Artigat is a French commune in the Ariège department in the Midi-Pyrénées region of south-western France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Artigatois or Artigatoises[1]


Artigat is located some 10 km west by north-west of Pamiers and 14 km south-west of Saverdun. Access to the commune is by the D919 road from Le Fossat in the north passing through the heart of the commune and the village and continuing south to Pailhès. The D278 road comes from the D26 on the western border of the commune and goes east through the village to join the D36 south-west of Saint-Michel. The D27A also branches from the D919 in the north of the commune and goes east to Saint-Martin-d'Oydes. Apart from the village there are also the hamlets of Bajou in the north, and Les Lanes east of the village. The commune has extensive forests covering about 40% of the land area with the rest farmland.[2]

The Lèze River flows through the commune from south to north gathering several tributaries including the Ruisseau de Laurens with its many tributaries.[2]

Neighbouring communes and villages[2]


Until the French Revolution, the Parish of Artigat (with Bajou), as with those of Pailhès, Lanoux, Castéras, Gabre, Aigues-Juntes, Montégut-Plantaurel, Cazeaux, Artix, Saint-Bauzeil, Benagues, Saint-Victor-Rouzaud, Madière, Saint-Michel, Lescousse, Saint-Martin-d'Oydes, and Esplas formed an enclave of Languedoc. They all depended on the Episcopal Diocese of Rieux and the civil diocese of Toulouse while neighbouring communes were part of the County of Foix. See the Cassini Map.[3]

The Parish of Artigat (shown as Arugat on the Cassini Map) was certainly the most important parish of this Languedoc enclave. The famous case of Martin Guerre took place in Artigat.

There was a flood in the autumn of 2006 in Artigat whereupon moat were built in the village.


List of Successive Mayors[4]

From To Name Party Position
1995 2014 Patrick Cauhope
2014 2020 François Vanderstraeten

(Not all data is known)


In 2010 the commune had 566 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known from 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]

Population Change (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
932 909 980 1,027 1,204 1,218 1,218 1,248 1,239
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
1,258 1,300 1,277 1,281 1,227 1,112 1,023 1,055 1,006
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
962 930 904 813 822 792 701 665 626
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
518 470 460 367 416 516 524 566 -

Sources : Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 (population without double counting and municipal population from 2006)

Notable people linked to the commune

  • Martin Guerre (famous affair of the 16th century which took place in Artigat).
  • Claude Bergeaud (1960-), French basketball trainer was born in Artigut.

See also

Notes and references


  1. At the beginning of the 21st century, the methods of identification have been modified by Law No. 2002-276 of 27 February 2002, the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" allows, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For communes with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these communes is taken into account at the end of the period of five years. The first "legal population" after 1999 under this new law came into force on 1 January 2009 and was based on the census of 2006.