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Gardens at the Chateau of Carbonat
Gardens at the Chateau of Carbonat
Coat of arms of Arpajon-sur-Cère
Coat of arms
Location of Arpajon-sur-Cère
Arpajon-sur-Cère is located in France
Arpajon-sur-Cère is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Coordinates: 44°54′17″N 2°27′27″E / 44.9047°N 2.4575°E / 44.9047; 2.4575Coordinates: 44°54′17″N 2°27′27″E / 44.9047°N 2.4575°E / 44.9047; 2.4575
IntercommunalityCA Bassin Aurillac
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Michel Roussy
47.67 km2 (18.41 sq mi)
 • Density140/km2 (360/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
15012 /15130
Elevation566–844 m (1,857–2,769 ft)
(avg. 600 m or 2,000 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Arpajon-sur-Cère (Occitan: Arpajon) is a commune in the Cantal department in the Auvergne region of south-central France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Arpajonnais or Arpajonnaises[2]


Arpajon-sur-Cère is located immediately to the south of Aurillac some 70 km south-east of Brive-la-Gaillarde; the town is an extension of the urban area of Aurillac. Access to the commune is by the D920 from Aurillac which continues south to Lafeuillade-en-Vézie; the D990 also goes from south of the town to Vézac in the east. The D58 comes from Giou-de-Mamou in the north-east then goes south-west from the town to the Château de Conros and joins the D617 at the south-western border of the commune. Much of the runway of Aurillac – Tronquières Airport is in the commune. A railway passes through the north of the commune but the nearest station is in Aurillac. Apart from the town there are the villages and hamlets of:

  • Carbonnat
  • Esmoles
  • Le Pont
  • Roquetorte
  • Douarat
  • Le Bousquet
  • Crespiat
  • Le Cambon
  • Le Sal
  • Les Granges
  • Lapeyrusse
  • Carsac
  • Combelles
  • Senilhes
  • Les Quatre Routes
  • Toules

Outside the residential areas there are extensive forests in the south and south-west with the rest of the commune farmland.[3]

The Jordanne river flows from Aurillac to join the Cère just south-west of the town with the Cère continuing west to eventually join the Dordogne at Girac.[3]

Neighbouring communes and villages[3][edit]


The name Arpjon originates from the Gallic word Arpaionem which is composed of the word arepo meaning "plough", it was attested in 923 in the form: vicaria arpajonensis.[4] In Carladézien dialect, Arpajon is pronounced Olpotsou, according to a recording there in 2007.


The Dejou factory
"Jouets Dejou" poster

The Dejou Féniès & son and Lartigue companies were established in the commune in the 20th century manufacturing wood especially Jouets Dejou (Dejou Toys) which are highly sought after by Doll collectors.


Arms of Arpajon-sur-Cère

Azure, a bend of Or, between 6 escallops set in orle.


List of Successive Mayors[5]

From To Name Party Position
1977 2014 Roger Destannes PS
2014 2020 Michel Roussy

(Not all data is known)


Arpajon-sur-Cère has twinning associations with:[6]


In 2009 the commune had 6,009 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
1,836 1,728 2,064 2,043 2,234 2,292 2,331 2,350 2,271
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
2,272 2,278 2,225 2,106 2,228 2,268 2,242 2,268 2,354
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
2,457 2,450 2,579 2,332 2,412 2,467 2,576 2,824 2,891
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2009 -
3,071 3,277 4,260 4,866 5,296 5,545 5,835 6,009 -

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

Population of Arpajon-sur-Cère

Sites and Monuments[edit]

The Chateau de Conros
A Tremissis coin from Childebert I struck at Arpajon-sur-Cère

The commune has several sites and buildings that are registered as historical monuments:

Other sites of interest
  • Barrière hamlet where Louis Laparra de Fieux was born.
  • The Cabrières bridge, a hamlet and a bridge which once had a toll.
  • The Chateau de Ganhac currently a mansion house, a former fief awarded in 1676 to Charles de Broquin who was married to Jeanne de Cambefort.
  • The Château de Montal, a former fief whose family was originally the Lords of Laroquebrou and Conros, with a castrale chapel under the invocation of Saint Michael. It then became the property of the La Roque-Montal family.
  • The Chateau de La Prade, purchased in 1756 by Marie-Françoise de Broglie, the widow of Charles Robert de Lignerac who did considerable work on the building. Ruined in the French Revolution.
  • The Arboretum d'Arpajon-sur-Cère
  • The Parish Church contains several items that are registered as historical objects:
The Chateau de Carbonat Picture Gallery

Notable people linked to the commune[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ At the beginning of the 21st century, the methods of identification have been modified by Law No. 2002-276 of 27 February 2002 Archived 6 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine, 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.


  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ Inhabitants of Cantal (in French)
  3. ^ a b c Google Maps
  4. ^ Albert Dauzat
  5. ^ List of Mayors of France (in French)
  6. ^ National Commission for Decentralised cooperation (in French)
  7. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00093445 Birthplace of Général Milhaud (in French)
  8. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00093446 Pont-de-Mamou Mill (in French)
  9. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00093444 Château de Conros (in French)
  10. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA15000309 Château de Conros Park (in French)
  11. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA15000367 Château de Carbonat Park (in French)
  12. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA15000297 Château de Limagne Park (in French)
  13. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM15000060 Bronze Bell PM15000059 Bronze Bell (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  14. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM15000058 Painting: The Placing in the Tomb (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  15. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM15000770 Painting: Framed Painting: The Baptism of Christ (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  16. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM15000552 Sarcophagus (in French)

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