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Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Alpes-de-Haute-Provence is a French département. Located in the south of France, it was formerly part of the province of Provence.

Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
Region Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Number 04
Préfecture Digne-les-Bains[?]
Sous-préfectures Barcelonnette, Castellane[?], Forcalquier[?]
Area
 - Total
 - % water

6 925 km²
xx%
Population
 - Total (1999)
 - Density

139 561
20/km²

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History

  • One of the initial 83 French départements, created on March 4, 1790 as Nord de la Provence. It was later renamed Haute-Provence and Basses-Alpes.
  • On December 8, 1793, the Vaucluse département was created out of parts of the Bouches-du-Rhône, Drôme and Basses-Alpes départements.
  • On April 13, 1970, the département of Basses-Alpes was renamed Alpes-de-Haute-Provence.

Geography

Alpes-de-Haute-Provence is a mountainous region with peaks over 8,000 feet. The climate is very dry and arid that allows for a prosperous fruit growing industry.

It borders the Hautes-Alpes, Alpes-Maritimes, Var, Vaucluse and Drôme départements, as well as Italy.

Rivers include: Durance[?], Verdon[?], Bléone[?], Ubaye[?], Var, Buëch[?], Jabron[?], Largue[?].

Arrondissements and cantons

Alpes-de-Haute-Provence is subdivided into 4 arrondissements, 30 cantons and 200 communes[?].

ArrondissementCanton# of communes
BarcelonnetteBarcelonnette11
Le Lauzet-Ubaye5
CastellaneAllos-Colmars6
Annot7
Castellane7
Entrevaux6
Saint-André-les-Alpes6
Digne-les-BainsBarrême8
Digne-les-Bains-Est4
Digne-les-Bains-Ouest10
La Javie6
Les Mées6
Mézel8
Moustiers-Sainte-Marie3
Riez9
Seyne8
Valensole4
ForcalquierBanon9
Forcalquier10
Manosque-Nord3
Manosque-Sud-Est3
Manosque-Sud-Ouest3
La Motte-du-Caire13
Noyers-sur-Jabron7
Peyruis4
Reillanne8
Saint-Étienne-les-Orgues8
Sisteron5
Turriers7
Volonne9

See also: Communes of the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence département

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