Bajonnette is a commune in the Gers department in southwestern France. Saint-Orens church Communes of the Gers department INSEE
Communes of France
The commune is a level of administrative division in the French Republic. French communes are analogous to civil townships and incorporated municipalities in the United States and Canada, Gemeinden in Germany, comuni in Italy or ayuntamiento in Spain; the United Kingdom has no exact equivalent, as communes resemble districts in urban areas, but are closer to parishes in rural areas where districts are much larger. Communes are based on historical geographic communities or villages and are vested with significant powers to manage the populations and land of the geographic area covered; the communes are the fourth-level administrative divisions of France. Communes vary in size and area, from large sprawling cities with millions of inhabitants like Paris, to small hamlets with only a handful of inhabitants. Communes are based on pre-existing villages and facilitate local governance. All communes have names, but not all named geographic areas or groups of people residing together are communes, the difference residing in the lack of administrative powers.
Except for the municipal arrondissements of its largest cities, the communes are the lowest level of administrative division in France and are governed by elected officials with extensive autonomous powers to implement national policy. A commune is city, or other municipality. "Commune" in English has a historical bias, implies an association with socialist political movements or philosophies, collectivist lifestyles, or particular history. There is nothing intrinsically different between commune in French; the French word commune appeared in the 12th century, from Medieval Latin communia, for a large gathering of people sharing a common life. As of January 2015, there were 36,681 communes in France, 36,552 of them in metropolitan France and 129 of them overseas; this is a higher total than that of any other European country, because French communes still reflect the division of France into villages or parishes at the time of the French Revolution. The whole territory of the French Republic is divided into communes.
This is unlike some other countries, such as the United States, where unincorporated areas directly governed by a county or a higher authority can be found. There are only a few exceptions: COM of Saint-Martin, it was a commune inside the Guadeloupe région. The commune structure was abolished when Saint-Martin became an overseas collectivity on 22 February 2007. COM of Wallis and Futuna, which still is divided according to the three traditional chiefdoms. COM of Saint Barthélemy, it was a commune inside the Guadeloupe region. The commune structure was abolished when Saint-Barthélemy became an overseas collectivity on 22 February 2007. Furthermore, two regions without permanent habitation have no communes: TOM of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands Clipperton Island in the Pacific Ocean In metropolitan France, the average area of a commune in 2004 was 14.88 square kilometres. The median area of metropolitan France's communes at the 1999 census was smaller, at 10.73 square kilometres. The median area is a better measure of the area of a typical French commune.
This median area is smaller than that of most European countries. In Italy, the median area of communes is 22 km2. Switzerland and the Länder of Rhineland-Palatinate, Schleswig-Holstein, Thuringia in Germany were the only places in Europe where the communes had a smaller median area than in France; the communes of France's overseas départements such as Réunion and French Guiana are large by French standards. They group into the same commune several villages or towns with sizeable distances among them. In Réunion, demographic expansion and sprawling urbanization have resulted in the administrative splitting of some communes; the median population of metropolitan France's communes at the 1999 census was 380 inhabitants. Again this is a small number, here France stands apart in Europe, with the lowest communes' median population of all the European countries; this small median population of French communes can be compared with Italy, where the median population of communes in 2001 was 2,343 inhabitants, Belgium, or Spain.
The median population given here should not hide the fact that there are pronounced differences in size between French communes. As mentioned in the introduction, a commune can be a city of 2 million inhabitants such as Paris, a town of 10,000 inhabitants, or just a hamlet of 10 inhabitants. What the median population tells us is that the vast majority of the French communes only have a few hundred inhabitants. In metropolitan France just over 50 percent of the 36,683 communes have fewer than 500 inhabitants a
Avezan is a commune in the Gers department in southwestern France. Communes of the Gers department INSEE
Ayzieu is a commune in the Gers department in southwestern France. Communes of the Gers department INSEE
Canton of Pardiac-Rivière-Basse
The canton of Pardiac-Rivière-Basse is an administrative division of the Gers department, southwestern France. It was created at the French canton reorganisation which came into effect in March 2015, its seat is in Plaisance. It consists of the following communes
A gîte is a specific type of holiday accommodation. A gîte is a holiday home available for rent. Gîtes are fully furnished and equipped for self-catering. Many owners choose to handle their own rentals, one can find these by searching online on the multitude of listing sites or by checking with the local tourist information office. Technically, to be called a gîte, the owner must live close by in order to provide help, a warm welcome to guests. Gîtes are old farmworkers' cottages or converted outbuildings and barns within proximity of the owner's principal residence; this type of holiday accommodation is sometimes regarded as "basic"' in terms of facilities. The term gîte nowadays encompasses most forms of holiday cottage and holiday flats or apartments. Many gîtes will accept pets; the term gîte meant quite a form of shelter. Gîtes today vary from being luxury holiday homes to basic apartments; some gîtes don't provide linen as standard, so many gîte holidaymakers take their linen with them. However, many gîte owners do include linen at least as an option.
Gîtes are encouraged by the local tourist board and planning authorities since they attract investment and tourism. All gîte owners are required to ensure that their gîtes are safe and comply with the necessary rules and insurance requirements. In French-speaking regions of Europe, several associations regroup gîte owners: in France: Gîtes de France, Bienvenue à la ferme, Accueil Paysan, Clévacances. A number of classes of gîte are graded by Gîtes de France; these are: Gîte Rural Offers self-catering accommodation located in the countryside, by the sea, or in the mountains. The gîte is self-contained with one or more bedrooms, a lounge or dining room, a kitchen and bathroom facilities. Gîtes d'Enfants Holidays for children. During the school holidays host families provide lodging for children of various ages with a wide variety of activities. Children's gîtes are inspected to ensure a safe and secure environment for each child. Gîtes d'Etape holiday getaways off the beaten track for groups of walkers or cyclists.
Gîte Equestre A staging post for groups travelling across France on horseback. Chalets-Loisirs A complex of wooden cottages set in the countryside providing various activities, such as, horse-riding, cycling. Chambre d'Hôtes Breakfast the French way. Stay as a guest in a private home with a full breakfast provided; some hosts offer Table d'Hôtes. If Table d'Hôtes is not available there is a local restaurant available for evening meals; the term "gîte" is sometimes confused with "chambre d'hôtes". A "chambre d'hôtes" is lived in by the service provider and breakfast served each morning. A "gîte" is a holiday home in an independent building. A chambre d'hôtes thus is more akin to breakfast. Casa de turismo rural in Portugal
Ayguetinte is a commune in the Gers department in southwestern France. Communes of the Gers department INSEE