Renaud Lavillenie is a French pole vaulter. He is the current indoor world record holder, with a height of 6.16 m set indoors on 15 February 2014. Lavillenie won gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in London and silver medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. In addition to his Olympic victories, he has won three World Indoor Championships gold medals, three European Championships gold medals and four European Indoor Championships gold medals, he has won one silver medal and four bronze medals at the World Championships. As of 25 August 2016, he holds the French national records for the highest pole vault clearance both outdoors and indoors, he has been the pole vault overall winner of the IAAF Diamond League in seven consecutive years, from 2010 to 2016. Outside pole vaulting, Lavillenie is a keen motorcyclist, raced in the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours for motorcycles, finishing 25th. Lavillenie subsequently entered the 2014 race. Lavillenie's younger brother Valentin Lavillenie is a pole vaulter. Renaud Lavillenie was born in Barbezieux-Saint-Hilaire, France.
His father was a pole vaulter. Renaud made his pole vault competition debut in 2003, at the age of 17. Lavillenie's 2008 outdoor personal best was 5.65 metres, achieved on 27 June in Villeneuve-d'Ascq. His 2008 indoor personal best was 5.81 metres, achieved on 5 December in Aulnay-sous-Bois. Lavillenie's 2009 indoor personal best was 5.80 metres – he cleared that height in Moscow and to win the 2009 European Indoor Championships pole vault final in Turin. Lavillenie improved his outdoor personal best to 5.81 m in May 2009, beating veteran French pole vaulter Romain Mesnil in Forbach. Two weeks he improved his outdoor personal best to 5.96 m at a meeting in Aubière, setting a world-leading outdoor mark. He achieved another world-leading outdoor mark with a winning jump of 6.01 metres on 21 June 2009 at the 2009 European Team Championships in Leiria, Portugal. That 6.01-metre mark broke Jean Galfione's ten-year-old French national outdoor record of 5.98 m set in Amiens on 23 July 1999 and would remain as the French national outdoor record until Lavillenie beat it by 1 cm in July 2013.
At the 2009 World Championships, Lavillenie vaulted 5.80 m in the pole vault final to win the bronze medal behind Steven Hooker and Romain Mesnil. He took part in the 2009 IAAF World Athletics Final but failed to record a mark and finished last. At the 2010 World Indoor Championships, Lavillenie's only cleared 5.45 m in the qualification round and did not qualify for the final. He enjoyed better success at the inaugural 2010 IAAF Diamond League, in which he won four of the seven pole vault events to become its pole vault overall winner. At the Adidas Grand Prix on 12 June 2010, he won the pole vault event with a jump of 5.85 m, beating Steven Hooker into second place. Seven weeks he captured his first European Championships pole vault title in Barcelona, with a jump of 5.85 m in the final. On 5 March 2011, in the 2011 European Indoor Championships pole vault final in Paris, Lavillenie vaulted 6.03 m to win his second consecutive European Indoor Championships gold medal and break the French national indoor pole vault record, held by Jean Galfione since 6 March 1999.
That jump of 6.03 m was the third-highest personal best indoor clearance of all time. Only Sergey Bubka and Steve Hooker had registered higher personal best indoor clearances. Lavillenie only managed fifth place in the pole vault event of the outdoor 2011 European Team Championships, he won four of the seven pole vault events in the 2011 IAAF Diamond League to become its pole vault overall winner for the second year running. At the 2011 World Championships he cleared 5.85 m to win the World Championships pole vault bronze medal for the second time running. Lavillenie underwent surgery on his left hand after he broke it due to a snapped pole accident in December 2011. Lavillenie returned to competition in February 2012 and won the Pole Vault Stars meet with a clearance of 5.82 m. At the 2012 World Indoor Championships, Renaud Lavillenie won his first World Indoor Championships or World Championships gold medal by clearing 5.95m in the final, 15 cm better than the silver and bronze medallists. At the 2012 European Championships, Lavillenie cleared 5.97 m in the final to win the European Championships gold medal for the second time in a row.
At the 2012 Olympic Games, Lavillenie won the gold medal by clearing 5.97 m in the final. He was in the bronze medal position behind two Germans at 5.91 m – Björn Otto and Raphael Holzdeppe – when he cleared the aforementioned height on his third and final attempt. He had earlier failed to clear 5.97 m on his second. After securing the gold medal when Otto and Holzdeppe failed to match or better his 5.97 m, Lavillenie had one failed attempt at 6.02 m and two unsuccessful attempts at 6.07 m. He thus won France its 14th track and field Olympic gold medal in history, became the first French track and field Olympic champion since 1996 and the third French men's Olympic pole vault champion. Lavillenie won five of the seven pole vault events in the 2012 IAAF Diamond League to become its pole vault overall winner for the third year running. At the 2013 European Indoor Championships, Lavillenie won the pole vault title for the third time in a row after clearing 6.01 m in the final. He did not miss any attempts at 6.01 m and below, with first time clearances at 5.61, 5.76, 5.86, 5.91, 5.9
Angeac-Charente is a commune in the Charente department in southwestern France. Communes of the Charente department INSEE
Angeac-Champagne is a French commune in the Charente department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of southwestern France. The inhabitants of the commune are known as Angeacais or Angeacaises Angeac-Champagne is a commune located in the west of the department of Charente, near Charente-Maritime, in Grande Champagne, the premier cru of cognac; the commune is located 10 km south of Cognac, 6 km west of Segonzac, 3 km east of Salles-d'Angles. Angoulême, the prefecture of Charente, is 35 km to the east. Angeac is 9 km north of Archiac, 12 km south-west of Jarnac, 19 km north-west of Saint-Hilaire; the commune does not lie on any main roads. The D731 road from Barbezieux to Cognac via Archiac, passes through the west of the commune; the village is served by the D150 from Germignac in the south-east and passes through the village before continuing north-east to join the D44 from Juillac-le-Coq to Roissac towards Cognac and Gensac-la-Pallue. A country road leads to the village of another to Genté in the north-west.
The nearest train station is at Cognac, served by the TER between Angoulême, Royan. There are many hamlets dotting the commune. In particular Roissac, located northeast of Angeac village, was an ancient parish, the village is as important as Angeac; the small village of Le Bois d'Angeac together with a small forest is located 1 km north-west of the village. Apart from a few small patches of forest the commune is farmland As with the whole left bank of the Charente between Angoulême and Cognac, this area is limestone dating from the Cretaceous period with Cuestas; the commune is part of the Campanian chalky limestone area which occupies a large part of South Charente. There is some Santonian rock on a small part of the northern border at Longées; the Campanian cuesta passes through the commune. This escarpment starts in the west at Salles-d'Angles, passes the foot of the town of Genté runs through the whole department going east towards Bouteville and Plassac-Rouffiac. In the commune the escarpment passes through the east as an inlier northeast of Roissac.
It separates the north of the plain of Châteaubernard from Champagne to the south. The highest point in the commune is at an altitude of 84 m located north-west of Roissac. Another high point of 83 m faces it to the east; the lowest point is 17 m located in Pas de la Tombe on the south-west edge of the commune near Salles d'Angles. The commune varies in height between 40 and 70 m above sea level; the Ruisseau de la Motte, a small tributary of the Né River and thus a sub-tributary of the Charente, forms the commune boundary to the south. No other rivers pass through the commune but there are many pools in a valley west of the village and towards Roissac and some springs including the Three Stones east of Bois d'Angeac; the climate is oceanic Aquitaine. The word Angeac is derived from the Latin Andiacum or villa Andii meaning that the village was built around the property of a rich Gallo-Roman named Andius; the term Champagne was added to the name of the town in 1801 to distinguish it from its namesake Angeac-Charente.
In Saintonge the term Champagne refers to a fertile plain of limestone. It is derived from the Latin campus meaning "field" or "plain"; the word Roissac is derived from the Latin Riatacum or villa Riatii meaning that the village was built around the property of a rich Gallo-Roman named Riatus. Proto-historic circular Ditches exist in the areas of Penchant de Lorimont and Houme, with square and circular ones at a place called Les Chirons. Roman villas are said to be at Puits d'Angeac at Chabanne and there are some medieval remains at Branges; the remains of a Gallo-Roman villa dating to the first half of the 9th century were found in 1904. It was a residence of Louis the Pious; these remains have disappeared. Angeac was first a dependency of the Templars passed to the Marquisate of Archiac often changed hands. In 1239 Roissac passed to the House of Angoulême at Barbezieux. By marriage Roissac became allied with Salles-d'Angles and Genté; the rights to the marshes resulted in lawsuits with the Lordship of Gademoulin.
The commune of Angeac was created in 1793 when it belonged to the Canton of Salles in district of Cognac and the Charente department. In 1801 it was attached to the Canton de Segonzac; the Roissac railway station was served from 1910 to 1939 by the Chemins de fer économiques des Charentes with a metre gauge line from Cognac to Barbezieux with 3 return trips a day at a speed of 20 km/h. This line served stations at Cognac, Genté, Juillac-le-Coq, Saint-Fort-sur-le-Né, Barbezieux. List of Successive Mayors Percentage Distribution of Age Groups in Angeac-Champagne and Charente Department in 2009 Sources: Evolution and Structure of the population of the Commune in 2009, INSEE. Evolution and Structure of the population of the Department in 2009, INSEE; the school is an educational inter-communal grouping between Salles-d'Angles. Angeac-Champagne has Salles-d'Angles an elementary school; the commune contains a large number of buildings and structures that are registered as historical monuments. For a complete list with links to descriptions click here.
Some of the more interesting sites are described below. The Chateau de Roissac; the Chateau bears the date 1830 but it was a chateau built in the Middle Ages for the La Rochefoucauld family at the site of a Gallo-Roman villa. The present chateau was built for the Beauchamp family around 1770 and the date 1830 with the initials I. P. corresponds to the remains of the outbuildings. There are decorations and, especially
Ambérac is a commune in the Charente département, region in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of southwestern France. The inhabitants of the commune are known as Ambéracois or Ambéracoises Ambérac is in the north-west part of the Charente department some 24 km north by north-west of Angouleme, 6 km south-east of Aigre, 8 kilometres north-west of Saint-Amant-de-Boixe. Access to the commune is by the D88 road from Aigre in the north-west which passes through the village and continues south-east to Xambes; the D69 road comes from Marcillac-Lanville in the west to the village continues east to Villognon. There are a number of hamlets in the commune apart from the village; the nearest railway station is that of Luxé, 5 km to the north-east, served by a TER service to Angoulême, Bordeaux. North-west of the town along the Aume and the Route d'Aigre there are a few hamlets: les Picots, les Citres, les Marais. To the east, on the road to Mansle, there is Les Granges; the commune sits on a limestone bedrock dating from the Upper Jurassic.
Alluvium dated from the Quaternary period cover the alluvial valleys of the Aume and Charente, the most recent being on the floodplain. There are some areas of Sand on the slopes dating to the Quaternary glaciations; the relief of the commune is a confluence of two valleys. The highest point in the commune is at an altitude of 101 m located on the western boundary; the lowest point is 46 m located along the Charente on the south-western boundary. The town was built on the banks of the river at 62 m above sea level; the Charente traverses the commune downstream from upstream from Angouleme. The village is built on the right bank and downstream of the confluence of the Aume, which flows north of the town; the Aume rises at Bouin, Deux-Sèvres, passes through Aigre. As in the three-quarters in the south and west of the department, the climate is oceanic Aquitaine; the place was attested in the forms Amberaco from 1080 to 1117 Ambariaco from 1274 to 1297. It is a Gallic or Gallo-Roman toponymic form based on the suffix -acum, either from the Gallic *-AKO or the Gallo-Roman -ACU.
The town was inhabited as least as early as Roman times, as attested to by artifacts found in and round the commune such as a bronze likeness of Mercury wearing a winged petasos, stone slabs engraved with oculi found on the Amberac plain. Found in the village have been fragments of lamps, digging tools, a vase made with grey clay, other iron objects, fragments of a mosaic. A circular oven 1.50 m in diameter located near Granges together with pottery and bricks found in the same field date from the same period. In a nearby location, known as'La Tour-des-Fades, the remains of an ancient building were discovered with rows of bricks and a vaulted gallery, the details of which are listed in La Statistique Monumentale de la Charente Ambérac was built near the ancient city of Oliba, was a fiefdom of the La Rochefoucauld and Marcillac families, it was an archdiocese until the Revolution. It is mentioned for the first time as having an archpriest around 1035 for the parish of Saint-Stephen of Ambérac, a perpetual vicariate, given by the counts of Angouleme to the Abbey of Saint-Amand de Boixe.
Shortly after this founding there was an obedience in 1080. Bishop Girard II confirmed this gift in 1117 but assigned an annual fee of 5 sols, payable on the feast of Saint-Hilaire. In 1146, the prior of Lanville, who had some rights and got upon retirement 10 sols per year in favour of the Abbey. Since it has remained dependent on the convent priory of Augustine de Lanville; the village of Ville-Babou was built by one of the two Babou's who were Bishops of Angoulême in the 16th century. An underground shelter was discovered in 1925. Created as Embérac in the Canton of Lanville Marcillac in 1793, it became Ambeirac in the canton of Saint-Amand-de-Boixe in 1801 Ambérac. List of Successive Mayors Percentage Distribution of Age Groups in Ambérac and Charente Department in 2009 Sources: Evolution and Structure of the population of the Commune in 2009, INSEE. Evolution and Structure of the population of the Department in 2009, INSEE. Out of a labour force of 145 people, there are 11 unemployed giving an unemployment rate of 7.6%.
The average income is €11,750 per year The school is an intercommunal educational group between Ambérac and Marcillac-Lanville. Marcillac-Lanville has an elementary school and Ambérac has a primary school; the underground Gallo-Roman remains A Rural heritage of fountains and houses some of which are old. The Mill at Brissac is the only remaining one of the many; the Parish Church of Saint-Etienne dates from the 12th century. It was one of the 13 archpriests of Angoumois; the church contains several items that are registered as historical objects: A Bronze Bell 4 bas-reliefs: the Annunciation, the Visitation, the Nativity, the Magi An Iron die for Sacramental bread The church has an Harmonium, renovated in July 2013. The banks of the Charente and the Aume are Natura 2000 zones. André Savignon, born in Tarbes on 1 January 1878, a French journalist and writer, married Berthe Desgranges on 27 September 1919 at Ambérac. Louis Vatrican, born in Monaco on 7 May 1904, an agricultural engineer, director of the Exotic Garden of Monaco, married Suzanne Magnant on 5 May 1928 at Ambérac.
Communes of the Charente department Ambérac on the old National Geographic Institute website Ambérac on the Community of Communes of Boixe web
Not to be confused with Aubeterre, Aube. Aubeterre-sur-Dronne is a commune in the Charente department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of south-western France, it has been listed as "One of the most beautiful villages in France," since 1993. Aubeterre-sur-Dronne is well known for its Church of Saint Jean, an underground, Monolithic Church; the inhabitants of the commune are known as Aubeterriennes. Aubeterre-sur-Dronne is located in the extreme south-east of Charente department some 42 km south of Angoulême, 14 km east of Chalais and 16 km west by north-west of Ribérac; the entire eastern border is the Dronne river, the boundary between the Charente and Dordogne departments. Access to the commune is by the D2 road from Saint-Romain in the west which passes around the town and continues east to Saint-Antoine-Cumond; the D17 road comes from Laprade in the north passing through the village and forming the western border of the commune as it goes south to Bonnes. The village is on the northern border of the commune with the rest of the commune farmland.
The commune is part of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France. The Dronne river forms the entire eastern border of the commune as it flows south to join the Isle at Coutras. In the south of the commune a branch off the Dronne passes through the commune and is called Astier du Poulard; the vast area west of the commune is occupied by the slopes of Campanian chalky limestone which covers a large part of southern Charente. The hills north of the town are covered with Tertiary deposits of sand and pebbles; the lower part of the commune in the Dronne valley is covered with alluvium from the Quaternary period, the oldest of which have accumulated in terraces and the most recent is on the flood plain. Aubeterre is on a hill in the concave bank of a meander of the River Dronne and forms a spur to the south; the highest point of the commune is at an altitude of 111m and is located on the plateau near the northern boundary. The lowest point is 38m located on the southern boundary next to the Dronne; the commune is spread between the top of the hill.
The name Aubeterre is derived from Albaterra which dates to 1004. Alba Terra means "White earth". Aubeterre is located in the Occitan part of Charente and its name in Occitan is Aubaterra. There has been a lordship of Aubeterre since the 11th century; the first known lord was Géraud at the beginning of that century. Aimeri d'Aubeterre was the name of a monk at the Abbey of Saint-Cybard. On the hill on top of the white chalk cliffs the lords of Aubeterre erected a castle above the monolithic Church of Saint-Jean in the 12th century. Aubeterre was a Viscounty which passed by marriage to Pierre II from the house of Castillon. In 1246 the lord of Aubeterre recognized Hugh X of Lusignan - the Count of Angoulême - as his Suzerain. In 1278 Pierre V was stripped of the Viscounty of Aubeterre and paid homage to the Count of Angoulême, his youngest daughter married Pierre Raymond, Lord of Ozillac, who thus became Viscount of Aubeterre. The Raymond family retained Aubeterre throughout the 14th century and was on the side of the King of France against the English during the Hundred Years War.
In September 1346, during the Hundred Years War, the Earl of Derby took the village. The King of England, Edward III, gave the Lord of Mussidan custody of the village, which he retained in 1360 at the Treaty of Brétigny which retro-ceded Angoumois to England as well as Saintonge. Viscount Gardrad Raymond, the son of Pierre Raymond, swore allegiance to Edward of Woodstock, Prince of Wales on 29 September 1363. In 1366 Aubeterre was one of nine castellanies in the Seneschal of Angoumois, held by the English Seneschal Henri de la Haye. Between 1356 and 1412 the lordship of Aubeterre changed hands seven times between the English and the French. Gardrad Raymond, lord of Aubeterre, was a great recruiter and headed bands of Anglo-Gascons before being engaged by Bertrand Du Guesclin to go to war with Spain in 1366; the granddaughter of Gardrad Raymond married Guy Bouchard, a knight, Aubeterre remained in the hands of the Bouchard family for the next two centuries. After the wars of religion were over the Viscount of Aubeterre, François Bouchard, embraced the Protestant party with ardour.
The assassin of Henry I, Duke of Guise, Jean de Poltrot, was one of his pages. François Bouchard fled to Geneva with his wife and Aubeterre was taken by the Duke of Anjou, his son, David Bouchard, returned from exile in Switzerland. He was supported by the Viscount of Bourdeilles, Seneschal of Perigord, who gave him his daughter Renée in marriage which brought him to the Catholic religion; the young Viscount of Aubeterre died in 1593 as a result of a wound received at the siege of Lisle in Perigord by Leaguers. Their only daughter Hippolyte married François d'Esparbes de Lussan in 1597 who became Viscount of Aubeterre; this remarkable man had Protestant ideas unlike his father and was the faithful companion of Henri IV both before and after his accession to the throne. He helped him to regain his kingdom against the Catholic League, he obtained the governance of Blaye and in 1612 he was Governor and Seneschal of Agenais and Condomois and was made Marshal of France in 1620. He created a Marquisate in Aubeterre.
He died in January 1628 in his castle. He had 12 children including seven boys. Succession gave rise to a long process, ended in 1650 by a decree of the Parliament of Paris which stipulated that all property would be shared between the two eldest sons; the elder branch, which descended from Henri Joseph Bouchard
Bardenac is a commune in the Charente department in southwestern France. Communes of the Charente department INSEE
Balzac is a French commune in the Charente department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of south-western France. The inhabitants of the commune are known as Balzatoises. Balzac is located some 7 km north-west of Angoulême. Access to the commune is by the D737 from Angoulême which passes through the east of the commune and the town continuing north to Montignac-Charente; the D105 goes east to Champniers. The D406 branches off the D737 and goes west to Vindelle. Apart from the town there are the hamlets of Coursac, La Chapelle, Les Chabots, Les Courlis in the commune; the commune is farmland with a small forest in the south-west and a significant urban area for the town. Balzac occupies the interior of a wide bend of the Charente; the bedrock of the large eastern half of the commune, the highest in altitude, consists of limestone dating from the Upper Jurassic period. The centre of the town, between Labbés, Texier, is located on old alluvium from the Quaternary period; the western part of the commune, between La Chapelle and Chabots, contains other alluvial deposits which form a low terrace.
The river bed is. The terrain that separates the valley of the Charente from that of the Argence forms a kind of long cliff high and steep in its northern part, the concave side of the bend in the river near the villages of Coursac and Font-Saint-Martin, which decreases in height to end at the foot of the Chateau of Balzac; the highest point in the commune is at an altitude of 102 m east at Puylebin to the east of Coursac. The lowest point is 30 m on the Charente river at the confluence of the Argence; the village is about 60 m above sea level. The Charente river forms the entire south and north-west border of the commune as it flows around the commune and continues south-east to join the Atlantic Ocean at Rochefort; the Argence flows from the north-east and forms much of the eastern border where it joins the Charente in the south-eastern corner of the commune. The climate is oceanic Aquitaine and similar to the town of Cognac where the departmental weather station is located. Old forms of the name Balzac are Balazacum and Balazaco in 1298.
According to Dauzat, the origin of the name Balzac dates back to a Gallo-Roman person Ballitius, which itself is derived from Ballius, to, added the suffix -acum which would give Ballitiacum or "Domain of Ballitius". According to other sources, Balatius was the name of a Gallic man, derived from Balatos. Aerial archaeology has revealed evidence of a Neolithic Bronze Age Promontory fort on the slopes of Coursac in a position dominating the Charente. A Chateau existed in the 12th century and Balzac was a former fief under the Bishopric of Angoulême and the barony of Tourriers, acquired in 1398 by Guy de La Rochefoucauld. From the 12th to the 17th century the chateau passed through many hands; the present chateau was rebuilt on the same site in 1600 by Guillaume Guez and his wife who left from time to time for their house in Angoulême. It was the residence of the family Guez de Balzac and Jean-Louis Guez de Balzac, the "Restorer of the French Language", lived there. From 4 March to 29 August 1619 Marie de' Medici was hosted there by the Guez family, "not wishing to stay elsewhere until the peace that made her son Louis XIII".
The castle became the crossroads for personalities of the time during her stay - such as Cardinal Richelieu, the Duke of Épernon, the Cardinal de La Rochefoucauld, the Count of Bethune. The road to Vars was a transport route by donkey for Salt to the port of Basseau; the name la Montée des Sauniers above Coursac came from this. The Terrier de Bourguignol called the Plantier de Bourguignone, located near the Pont Suraud on the Argence was a dolmen called the Tomb of Bourguignon, still visible in 1760. At the beginning of the 20th century cherries and peas from Balzac were appreciated from Angoulême to Paris; the fields provided milk feeding two major dairy factories in the commune, run by Messrs. Hortolan and Rochier. List of Successive Mayors; 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 communes that have a sample survey every year.
Population change Sources: Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 Balzac lost 30% of its population in the second half of the 19th century which stabilised and experienced consistent growth in the last quarter of the 20th century. Percentage Distribution of Age Groups in Balzac and Charente Department in 2010 Sources: Evolution and Structure of the population of the Commune in 2010, INSEE. Evolution and Structure of the population of the Department in 2010, INSEE; the school is an Inter-communal Educational Grouping with Vindelle. Balzac has a primary school and Vindelle has an elementary school; the Jean Caillard High School for Balzac is located in Genins. The Chateau of Balzac is registered as an historical monument. Was built by the father of Jean-Louis Guez de Balzac; this chateau has lodgings which overlook the Charente and is surrounded by a park enclosed by walls with pierced portals. There are a canal, a fishpond, a lavoir, a feudal church; the Parish church of Saint Martin is located in the town next to the castle.
It is of Romanesque architecture and da