Lot River at Cajarc

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Coordinates: 44°29′11″N 1°50′37″E / 44.4864°N 1.8436°E / 44.4864; 1.8436Coordinates: 44°29′11″N 1°50′37″E / 44.4864°N 1.8436°E / 44.4864; 1.8436
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Lot
Arrondissement Figeac
Canton Cajarc
Intercommunality Pays de Figeac-Cajarc
  Mayor (20082013) Jacques Borzo
Area1 25.1 km2 (9.7 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 1,114
  Density 44/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 46045 / 46160
Elevation 140–394 m (459–1,293 ft)
(avg. 160 m or 520 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.

Cajarc is a commune in the Lot department in south-western France.

It is a stopping place on the Via podensis, the medieval pilgrimage route from Le Puy to Santiago de Compostela, but also attracts tourists on account of its medieval town centre, its plan d'eau, a 4 km-long dammed section of the Lot River, and its beautiful setting in the Lot valley and the surrounding limestone plains (le causse). Its major cultural event is Africajarc, a four-day festival of contemporary African music and culture which runs in the last week of July each year; in 2008 it celebrated its tenth anniversary.

Notable people

Cajarc was the birthplace of playwright, novelist and screenwriter Françoise Sagan (1935–2004) born Françoise Quoirez.

President of France Georges Pompidou was an MP for the area in the National Assembly.

See also

Monument to the dead
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