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Anglefort is a French commune in the department of Ain in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of eastern France.
The inhabitants of the commune are known as Clafordans or Clafordanes
Anglefort is a commune in Bugey on the right bank of the Rhone at the foot of the mountain of Grand Colombier which has a panorama of the Alps and the Jura mountains.
The commune is located 25 km south of Bellegarde-sur-Valserine and 30 km north by north-west of Aix-les-Bains. Access to the commune is by road D992 from Seyssel in the north passing through the length of the commune and the village to Culoz in the south. There is also access on road D120 which is a highly circuitous route from Lochieu in the west continuing to the village as the D120A and continuing south through the Col du Grand Colombier (1,501m) to Culoz. A railway line passes through the commune from north to south with a station to the east of the village.
The Rhone river runs south along the eastern border of the commune and Le Verdet stream flows from the north to the south of the commune into the Rhone.
The alluvial aquifer fed by the Rhone is threatened by an internal discharge created by the Pechiney Group. Foundry waste, metal dust, and recovered acid from filters have been buried in the Chautagnard marsh with a probable contamination by heavy metals and arsenic.
The Priory of Anglefort was located on the communal territory in the Middle Ages. In 1590 Guillaume Drujon was a priest and he became abbot in 1620.
List of mayors of Anglefort
(Not all data is known)
In 2008 Anglefort had 926 inhabitants (an increase of 3% compared to 1999). The town was the 10,104th largest at the national level, while it was 10,781st in 1999 and 166th out of 419 communes at the departmental level.
In 2009, the commune had 960 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known through the population censuses conducted in the town since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of municipalities with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger towns that have a sample survey every year.Population Change (See database)
Sources : Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 (population without double counting and municipal population from 2006)
The Électricité de France (EDF) Dam is on the Rhone river in the territory of the commune and there is a factory producing silicon. Formerly the property of the Pechiney Electro-metallurgy group, the factory has passed successively into the hands of Alcan (Canada), and the Anglo-Australian Rio Tinto at the whim of successive buy-backs of this former French industrial flagship.Two sites are registered as historical monuments in the commune:
The old Chateau of Anglefort (18th century) formerly the seat of the Lordship of Anglefort and rebuilt in 1741.
The Chateau of Mieugy Park
The remains of the Chateau de la Rochette which dominates the Rhone was the seat of the Lordship of Rochette, mentioned in 1407.
Monseigneur Jacques-François Besson, born in Mieugy, Bishop of Metz from 1824 to 1842