Vaucluse
Vauclusa (Occitan)
From top down, left to right: prefecture building and Palais des Papes in Avignon, Gordes (considered one of the most beautiful villages of France), Sénanque Abbey, Sorgue River and Nesque River
Flag of Vaucluse
Coat of arms of Vaucluse
Location of Vaucluse in France
Location of Vaucluse in France
Coordinates: 44°00′N 05°10′E / 44.000°N 5.167°E / 44.000; 5.167
CountryFrance
RegionProvence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
PrefectureAvignon
SubprefecturesApt
Carpentras
Government
 • President of the Departmental CouncilDominique Santoni (LR)
Area
 • Total3,520 km2 (1,360 sq mi)
Population
 (Jan. 2021)[1]
 • Total564,566
 • Rank47th
 • Density160/km2 (420/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Department number84
Arrondissements3
Cantons17
Communes151
^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries and lakes, ponds and glaciers larger than 1 km2

Vaucluse (French: [voklyz]; Provençal: Vauclusa (Classical norm) or Vau-Cluso (Mistralian norm)) is a department in the southeastern French region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. It had a population of 561,469 as of 2019.[2] The department's prefecture is Avignon.

It is named after a spring, the Fontaine de Vaucluse, one of the largest karst springs in the world. The name Vaucluse itself derives from the Latin Vallis Clausa ("closed valley") as the valley ends in a cliff face from which the spring emanates.

History

Vaucluse was created on 12 August 1793 out of parts of the departments of Bouches-du-Rhône, Drôme and Basses-Alpes, later renamed Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. The then rural department was, like the nearby city of Lyon, a hotbed of the French Resistance in World War II.

Geography

This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (October 2021) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
The Fontaine de Vaucluse is the source of the Sorgue. It is characterised by an upward movement of water from the depth of over 315 metres (1,033 ft).

Vaucluse is bordered by the Rhône to the west and the Durance to the south. Mountains occupy a significant proportion of the eastern half of the department, with Mont Ventoux (1,912 m), also known as "the Giant of Provence", dominating the landscape. Other important mountain ranges include the Dentelles de Montmirail, the Monts de Vaucluse and the Luberon.

Fruit and vegetables are cultivated in great quantities in the lower-lying parts of the department, on one of the most fertile plains in Southern France. The Vaucluse department has a rather large exclave within the Drôme department, the canton of Valréas (Enclave des Papes).

Vaucluse is also known for its karst, including the karst spring Fontaine de Vaucluse after which "Vauclusian Risings" are named.

Principal towns

The most populous commune is Avignon, the prefecture. As of 2019, there are 6 communes with more than 20,000 inhabitants:[2]

Commune Population (2019)
Avignon 91,143
Carpentras 29,236
Orange 28,772
Cavaillon 26,236
Pertuis 20,557
L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue 20,042

Demographics

Population development since 1801:

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1801191,421—    
1806205,833+1.46%
1821224,431+0.58%
1831239,113+0.64%
1841251,080+0.49%
1851264,618+0.53%
1861268,255+0.14%
1872263,451−0.16%
1881244,149−0.84%
1891235,411−0.36%
1901236,949+0.07%
1911238,656+0.07%
1921219,602−0.83%
1931241,689+0.96%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1936245,508+0.31%
1946249,838+0.17%
1954268,318+0.90%
1962303,536+1.55%
1968353,966+2.59%
1975390,446+1.41%
1982427,343+1.30%
1990467,075+1.12%
1999499,685+0.75%
2006534,291+0.96%
2011546,630+0.46%
2016559,014+0.45%
2019561,469+0.15%
2020561,941+0.08%
Graphs are unavailable due to technical issues. There is more info on Phabricator and on MediaWiki.org.
Sources:[3][4]

Politics

Departmental Council

Main article: Departmental Council of Vaucluse

Composition since the 2021 election

Following the 2021 departmental election, Dominique Santoni of The Republicans was elected President of the Departmental Council. She succeeded Maurice Chabert, who had held the office since 2015.

The Departmental Council of Vaucluse has 34 seats. The Left Front (FG) currently has 2 seats, the Socialist Party (PS) has 7, Europe Ecology – The Greens (EELV) has 3, the miscellaneous right (DVD) has 2, The Republicans (LR) have 10, the National Rally has 6 and a local party, the Ligue du Sud (LS), has 4.

Parts of this article (those related to the composition of the departmental council) need to be updated. Please help update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. (July 2022)

Members of the National Assembly

During the 2017 legislative election, Vaucluse elected the following representatives to the National Assembly:[5]

Constituency Member Party
Vaucluse's 1st constituency Jean-François Cesarini La République En Marche!
Vaucluse's 2nd constituency Jean-Claude Bouchet The Republicans
Vaucluse's 3rd constituency Brune Poirson La République En Marche!
Vaucluse's 4th constituency Jacques Bompard League of the South
Vaucluse's 5th constituency Julien Aubert The Republicans

*On 21 July 2017, Brune Poirson resigned from office to join the Second Philippe government as Secretary of State to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition. She was replaced in the National Assembly by Adrien Morenas.

**Jacques Bompard resigned in August 2017 to become Mayor of Orange. He was replaced by Marie-France Lorho.

In the 2022 legislative election, Vaucluse elected the following representatives to the National Assembly:

Constituency Member Party
Vaucluse's 1st constituency Joris Hébrard National Rally
Vaucluse's 2nd constituency Bénédicte Auzanot National Rally
Vaucluse's 3rd constituency Hervé de Lépinau National Rally
Vaucluse's 4th constituency Marie-France Lorho Ligue du Sud
Vaucluse's 5th constituency Jean-François Lovisolo Renaissance

Tourism

See also

References

  1. ^ "Téléchargement du fichier d'ensemble des populations légales en 2021". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 28 December 2023.
  2. ^ a b Populations légales 2019: 84 Vaucluse, INSEE
  3. ^ "Historique de Vaucluse". Le SPLAF.
  4. ^ "Évolution et structure de la population en 2016". INSEE.
  5. ^ List of members for Vaucluse (in French), on www.nosdeputes.fr.