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Coat of arms of Haute-Loire
Coat of arms
Location of Haute-Loire in France
Location of Haute-Loire in France
Coordinates: 45°0′N 4°0′E / 45.000°N 4.000°E / 45.000; 4.000Coordinates: 45°0′N 4°0′E / 45.000°N 4.000°E / 45.000; 4.000
Country France
Region Auvergne
Prefecture Le Puy-en-Velay
Subprefectures Brioude
 • President of the General Council Gérard Roche
 • Total 4,977 km2 (1,922 sq mi)
Population (1999)
 • Total 209,113
 • Rank 85th
 • Density 42/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Department number 43
Arrondissements 3
Cantons 35
Communes 260
^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2

Haute-Loire (French pronunciation: ​[ot lwaʁ]; Occitan: Naut Léger) is a department in south-central France named after the Loire River.


Haute-Loire is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on 4 March 1790. It was created from parts of the former provinces of Auvergne, Languedoc, and Lyonnais.


Haute-Loire is part of the current region of Auvergne and is surrounded by the departments of Loire, Ardèche, Lozère, Cantal, and Puy-de-Dôme.

The department covers the upper reaches of the Loire. Parts of the department belong to Parc naturel régional Livradois-Forez.


The inhabitants of the department are called Altiligériens.

Notable residents

The de Polignac family has its historic seat there, and various descendants of the general Lafayette were senators for this region in the nineteenth century.


See also


  1. ^ Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Marquis Who's Who. 1967. 

External links

  • (English) Tourist website
  • (English) The Haut-Allier Website concerned with the western half of the Haute Loire which follows the relatively unknown Allier valley and gorges
  • (English) (French) Regordane Info Independent portal for the Regordane Way or St Gilles Trail. (The Regordane Way crosses The Haute-Loire, commencing from Le Puy southwards)

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