View of the Village

Coat of arms

Coordinates: 43°59′20″N 6°54′32″E / 43.9889°N 6.9089°E / 43.9889; 6.9089Coordinates: 43°59′20″N 6°54′32″E / 43.9889°N 6.9089°E / 43.9889; 6.9089
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Alpes-Maritimes
Arrondissement Nice
Canton Puget-Théniers
Intercommunality Alpes d'Azur
  Mayor (20082020) Bernadette Drogoul
Area1 18.27 km2 (7.05 sq mi)
Population (2010)2 49
  Density 2.7/km2 (6.9/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 06008 / 06260
Elevation 479–2,133 m (1,572–6,998 ft)
(avg. 1,100 m or 3,600 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.

Auvare (Occitan: Auvara) is a French commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of south-eastern France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Auvarois or Auvaroises.[1]


Auvare is located some 45 km north-east of Nice (in a direct line) and 6 km north-east of Puget-Théniers in the heart of the Alps. Access to the commune is by the D16 road from Puget-Theniers which passes through the far south of the commune and continues, changing its designation to D316, to join the D2202 just south of Daluis. Access to the village in the centre of the commune is by a small local road which branches from the D16 in the south of the commune and follows a tortuous and long route to the village. There is also an equally tortuous route going west from the village which eventually meets the D316 west of the commune. Apart from the village there is the hamlet of Les Vignes towards the south. The terrain of the commune is alpine and very rugged with no apparent farmland.[2]

Numerous waterways rise in the commune and flow generally south-west including the Roudoule which forms the north-western border, the Vallon du Serre Long, the Vallon de Mous which flows east to the commune boundary where it joins an unnamed stream which flows north-east and forms the north-eastern border, the Ravin de Peichal flows north to join the same stream, and the Vallon d'Auvare with many tributaries which rises north of the village and flows south through the village continuing south to join the Torrent de Mayola.[2]

Neighbouring communes and villages[2]


After the Roman conquest (which was completed in 14 BC), Augustus organized the Alps into provinces. The territory of the present commune of Auvare was part of the province of Alpes Maritimae which was attached to the civitas of Glanate (Glandevès). In late antiquity the Diocese of Glandevès defined the limits of this civitas.[3]

The Roudoule Valley was conquered by the French Revolutionary Army in October 1792. The region was annexed by the decree of 31 January 1793 and confirmed by the Treaty of Paris (1796). The French Revolution was apparently well received since a Liberty Tree was planted and remained until the Restoration of the Savoyard State in 1814. The Savoyards hastened to levy taxes bringing a new upheaval to the Auvare community.[4]



Gules, in chief of Or.


The church at Auvare

List of Successive Mayors[5]

From To Name Party Position
1892 1892 Antonin Ravel
1892 1900 François Dalmas
1900 1912 Antoine Baud
1912 1919 Séraphin Baret
1919 1925 Paul Laugier
1925 1943 Jules Baud
1943 1947 Félix Martin
1947 1953 Charles Marius Lions
1953 1977 Marcel Jourdan
1977 2008 Clément Jourdan
2008 2020 N Bernadette Drogoul

(Not all data is known)

Since 1 January 2014 Auvare has been part of the Community of communes of Alpes d'Azur. It was previously a member of the Community of communes des vallées d'Azur until this disappeared during the implementation of a new departmental plan for inter-communal cooperation.


In 2010 the commune had 49 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 communes that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]

Population Change (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
121 101 123 134 - 134 - 129 -
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
105 118 117 126 140 126 107 90 91
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
102 77 93 83 76 66 62 29 15
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
10 13 14 36 37 44 53 49 -

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


The main economic resource is sheep farming.

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.


  1. Inhabitants of Alpes-Maritimes (French)
  2. 1 2 3 Google Maps
  3. Brigitte Beaujard, The Cities of Southern Gaul from the 3rd to the 7th centuries, Gallia, 63, 2006, CNRS éditions, p. 22 (French)
  4. History of Roudoule country, Roudoule, écomusée en terre gavotte, consulted on 19 July 2012 (French)
  5. List of Mayors of France (French)

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