Aube (French pronunciation: [ob]) is a French department in the Grand Est region of north-eastern France. As with sixty departments in France, this department is named after a river: the Aube. With 305,606 inhabitants (2012), Aube is 76th department in terms of population. The inhabitants of the department are known as Aubois or Auboises
Prefecture building of the Aube department, in Troyes
Coat of arms
Location of Aube in France
|Coordinates: 48°20′N 4°10′E|
|• President of the General Council||Philippe Pichery (DVD)|
|• Total||6,004 km2 (2,318 sq mi)|
|• Density||51/km2 (130/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2|
The department was constituted as it is today by a decree of the National Assembly of 15 January 1790.
The Aube department is located in the south-west side of the Grand Est region. It borders the departments of Marne in the north (about 130 km long), Haute-Marne to the east (about 100 km long), Côte-d'Or in the south-east (about 45 km long), Yonne in the south-west (about 175 km long), and Seine-et-Marne in the west (about 45 km long).
Subregions of Aube
Within the department regions of natural or traditional countryside can be identified as follows:
Communes of Aube
Aube is divided into 431 communes totalling 308,503 inhabitants. Major cities with more than 10,000 inhabitants) are:
- Troyes (61,823 inhabitants, prefecture),
- Romilly-sur-Seine (14,429 inhabitants),
- La Chapelle-Saint-Luc (13,401 inhabitants),
- Saint-André-les-Vergers (11,088 inhabitants) and
- Sainte-Savine (10,110 inhabitants).
They are mostly located in the centre of the department. Four of those five cities are part of the Agglomeration of Troyes.
Topography and geology
|Lowest Altitude||100 metres||67 metres||156 metres||60 metres|
|Highest Altitude||126 metres||112 metres||348 metres||113 metres|
|Average Altitude||113 metres||90 metres||252 metres||87 metres|
|Town Hall Altitude||107 metres||77 metres||165 metres||71 metres|
There are 23 rivers throughout the department, the four main rivers being the Seine, the Aube (tributary of the Seine), the Armance (tributary of the Armançon), and the Vanne (a tributary of the Yonne).
Forests and lakes
In the same place, there is the Orient Lake and the Amance and Temple lakes where fishing, recreational water sports, and bathing are available. Each lake specialises in one or more of these activities.
Between 1950 and 1985 the average annual temperature recorded in the department was 10.1 °C which is equivalent to the Paris basin and the cities of north-eastern France. The average sunshine hours per year is 1771.
Average annual rainfall is quite high (653.4 mm over 115 days of rain). In general there is more rain in autumn than in winter but rainfall is highest during spring. In contrast summer is the season when rainfall is lowest. There is, however, more rain in the south-east than the north-west.
Snow is relatively infrequent. Prevailing wind is from the west.
|Climate data for Troyes|
|Average high °C (°F)||6.2
|Daily mean °C (°F)||3.1
|Average low °C (°F)||−0.1
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||50.5
|Average precipitation days (≥ 1 mm)||10.0||8.4||10.3||9.1||10.1||8.6||7.2||7.0||7.5||9.6||9.8||10.6||108.2|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||69||88||144||185||215||229||235||228||179||124||67||54||1,817|
|Source: Meteorological data for Troyes – 112 m altitude, from 1981 to 2010 January 2015 (in French)|
Channels of communication and transport
In the Agglomeration of Troyes TCAT (Transport for the Communes of Troyes) provides a transport network between communes. Unlike many networks that are provided by other operators, the agglomeration community of the city is the owner of the company. The network currently serves eleven communes including two outside the Troyes agglomeration. Other cities, including Romilly-sur-Seine, have no transport network.
Aube also has intercity transport networks. 21 regular bus routes are operated between the major cities of the department. The use of these lines is entrusted to private coaches: Transdev – The Carriers of Aube has 15 routes, Keolis Sud Lorraine has 4 routes, Procars Champagne has 2 routes, Autocars Bardy has one route.
Five railway stations are currently in operation. These are: Nogent-sur-Seine, Romilly-sur-Seine, Troyes, Vendeuvre-sur-Barse, Bar-sur-Aube.
Aube does not have a strong rail coverage. Only one main non-electrified line passes through Aube – the line that connects Paris-Est to Mulhouse.
The department has 34.8 km of navigable waterways. The city of Nogent-sur-Seine has two river ports for grain.
Saints Potentian and Savinian, Greek priests from Samos, came to preach the gospel from the middle of the 3rd century. Saint Patroclus was one of the first martyrs of the new faith in the year 259. Shortly after Saint Jule and some notables of the city of Tricasses also suffered martyrdom. Nevertheless, as elsewhere, the Christian community became large enough to accommodate a bishop. Saint Amateur was the first in 340. In the year 286 the Bagaudae ravaged the land which forms Aube. Emperor Julian came to Troyes with his army and rescued it.
The territory making up Aube was first attached to France in 843, following the Treaty of Verdun.
The 12th century and the monasteries
Two important monasteries were founded in the department: one at Clairvaux in 1114, created by Bernard of Clairvaux, the other at Paraclete, by his illustrious rival, Pierre Abélard and of which Héloïse d'Argenteuil was the first abbess. Bernard of Clairvaux was noted for his eloquence at the Council of Troyes and his preaching of the Second Crusade which had no result and whose outcome was disastrous.
The reunion of Champagne with the kingdom of France was finalised in 1361. Yet people wanted absolutely the incorporation of Champagne but in 1328 King Philip VI gave the city of Bar-sur-Seine to Philippe de Croy. The inhabitants, however, ransomed him to return it to the king on the condition that it become inalienable.
Definitive reunion with Kingdom of France
The decree of the National Assembly of 15 January 1790 formally established the department of Aube. Its first president was Augustin-Henri-Marie Picot and his first deputy was Louis Antoine Joseph Robin. Jacques Claude Beugnot was elected Attorney-General and also MP.
The 19th century marked the emergence of the Hosiery business in the department.
After the victory of the allies in the Battle of Waterloo on 18 June 1815, the department was occupied by Russian troops from June 1815 to November 1818.
In 1919, a decree allowed Aube department to produce champagne for the first time.
In 1932 Turkish president Mustafa Kemal Atatürk visited Aube and signed a friendship treaty with France there on 4 July 1938.
Azure, a band argent with two cotises potent and counter potent in Or, chief wavy in argent.
Politics and administration
The General Council of Aube is located in Troyes. Its president has been DVD Senator Philippe Adnot since July 1990. It includes the 34 councillors of the 17 cantons of Aube. Of these, 32 are from the Right (mainly the UMP), the others are from the Miscellaneous left. Currently the budget of the General Council is €329.8 million. Its main mission and expenditure on social activities and health.
Current National Assembly Representatives
|Aube's 1st constituency||Grégory Besson-Moreau||La République En Marche!|
|Aube's 2nd constituency||Valérie Bazin-Malgras||The Republicans|
|Aube's 3rd constituency||Gérard Menuel||The Republicans|
|Europe Ecology – The Greens||EELV||1|
|Union for a Popular Movement||UMP||13|
|President of the General Council|
Distribution of the population
In 2009, the department had 303,298 inhabitants.
Sources : Historical data of Aube department on the SPLAF website Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 (population without double counting and municipal population from 2006)
Distribution of age groups
Percentage Distribution of Age Groups in Aube compared to Champagne-Ardennes region in 2009
|0 to 14 Years||19.0||17.3||19.1||17.2|
|15 to 29 Years||19.3||17.2||20.0||18.1|
|30 to 44 Years||20.6||19.5||20.7||19.7|
|45 to 59 Years||21.4||20.6||21.2||20.7|
|60 to 74 Years||13.0||14.1||12.7||13.6|
|75 to 89 Years||6.3||10.0||6.0||9.6|
Breakdown of population by socio-professional categories
|socio-professionnel category||2007||1999||Details for 2007|
|Nb||%||Nb||%||Men||Women||%age of the population aged|
|15 to 24 yrs||25 to 54 yrs||55 yrs +|
|Farmers and Farm workers||5,094||2.1||5,408||2.3||3,584||1,510||0.2||3||1.6|
|Artisans, shopkeepers, business managers||7,232||2.9||7,619||3.2||5,025||2,207||0.5||4.7||1.5|
|Executives and Intellectuals||12,656||5.1||9,435||4||8,196||4,460||0.7||8.5||2.5|
|Others without occupation||40,194||16.3||47,198||20||15,397||24,797||56.6||10.2||7.6|
|Source : INSEE Census 2006 Population census of January 2006 (in French)|
The economy of Aube has focused on the textile industry since the 19th century. This sector is now in crisis due to the department being in an area of real economic change.
The Aube department has a high rate of feminization in employment. Nearly half of people with active jobs (46% in 2007) are women. The main areas affected by the feminization are trade, transport, textiles, utilities, education, and health. Women are slightly more affected than men by unemployment (54.8% of the unemployed in 2007). This is mainly due to layoffs in the textile sector.
Employment by sector
Distribution of Employment by Industry sector
|Comparison with the Region||6.7%||19.2%||6.5%||36.7%||31.0%|
|Sources: INSEE Employment by sector of activity for 2007 in Aube, (in French), Employment by sector of activity for 2007 in Champagne-Ardenne (in French)|
Main economic sectors
|No. of Employees|
|Petit Bateau (Textiles)||1,022|
|Mefro Roues (Wheel rims)||584|
|Petitjean (Public lighting)||567|
|Holiday Cottages||310||2,006 places|
The utilized agricultural area is 379,720 hectares. Aube is the largest producer of hemp; the 2nd largest producer of champagne, cabbage for sauerkraut, medicinal poppies, and alfalfa; the 6th largest producer of potatoes; the 8th largest producer of cereals; and the 9th largest producer of beet in France.
Population and society
Primary and secondary
In 2010 elementary and secondary education consisted of:
- 11,568 students in kindergarten across 136 schools (including 1 private);
- 18,465 students in primary school across 255 schools (including 14 private);
- 12,311 students in college across 34 institutions (including 9 private);
- 5,199 students in schools of general education across 10 institutions (including 3 private);
- 2,666 students in vocational high school across 10 institutions (including 3 private).
- List of Universities and Higher Educational Schools
- University of Technology of Troyes (UTT)
- Institute of Technology of Troyes (University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne)
- Faculty (University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne)
- Institute for Heritage Skills (IUMP)
- Institute for Teacher Training (IUFM)
- Institute for Nursing Education (IFSI of Troyes/DE IDE)
- Preparatory classes for Higher Education (CPGE) scientific and economic
- Graduate School for Applied Arts in Troyes
- National Conservatory of Music in Troyes
- Graduate School of Commerce in Troyes
|Type of Institution||No. of Institutions|
|Type of Institution||No. of Institutions|
|Handicapped Children's Centre||18|
|Type of Institution||No. of Institutions|
|Institution to help for work||8|
|Businesses adapted for handicapped people||2|
|Professional rehabilitation Centres||1|
|Specialised Foster Homes||2|
|Residential Home Care for the autistic||2|
|Type of Institution||No. of Institutions|
|Nursing Homes for the Elderly (EHPAD)||38|
|Long Term Care Units (USLD)||5|
|Rural Homes for the Elderly||1|
- ES Troyes AC: soccer club in the French Ligue 1;
- ETAC Handball: Handball Club at National Level 3;
- Union Sportive de Sainte Maure Troyes Handball: Women's handball club at National Level 1;
- Pygargues of Troyes: american football club in Division 2;
- PLAVB (Troyes): volleyball club at Regional one;
- SUMA (Troyes): Motoball club of France (one of the most successful) moved to elite since the 1930s;
- Troyes roller hockey: roller hockey club playing at National Level 2;
- Espadons (Swordfish )(Troyes): baseball club playing at Regional Level 1;
- Romilly Association for Sports 10: which includes multiple sections.
At Troyes there are three independent local radio stations:
- Radio Latitude: that broadcasts programming focused on the dance floor. This was the first local radio station in the department. It broadcasts from Troyes, Romilly-sur-Seine, and Vendeuvre-sur-Barse
- Theme Radio: community radio broadcasting music and information flashes
- Troyes Campus radio: rock music oriented radio and sometimes rap
At Romilly-sur-Seine, in addition to Latitude Radio, there is a local independent radio broadcaster: Radio Aube et Seine.
French Christian Radio (RCF) Aube is located in the department.
- Canal 32: television network with a local Troyes and department station
- France 3 Aube (France 3 Lorraine Champagne-Ardenne)
|Name||Place||Distribution Area||Press Group||Circulation|
|L'Est-Éclair||Saint-André-les-Vergers (agglomération de Troyes)||Aube||Groupe Hersant Média||27,948|
|Libération Champagne||Troyes||Aube||Groupe Hersant Média||6,395|
All Aube jurisdictions are located in Troyes. The city has a Tribunal d'instance and a High Court, a commercial court and an Employment Tribunal for civil and criminal jurisdictions. There is also a Correctional court and a Juvenile court.
Appeals, however, are passed to the Court of Appeal in Reims.
Aube currently has two storage facilities for radioactive waste:
- Storage Centre for Very Low Activity Waste (CSTFA)
- Storage Centre for Low and Medium Activity Waste (CSFMA)
Culture and heritage
Theatres and concerts
- The Cube – in the Parc des Expositions in Troyes
- Champagne Theatre
- Théâtre of la Madeleine
- Argence space
The four main theatres are:
- Festival in Othe
- Aube Templiers 2012 event
Monuments and tourist sites
- Napoleon Museum (Brienne-le-Château)
- Museum Hugues de Payens (Payns)
- Resistance Museum (Mussy-sur-Seine)
- Cider Museum (Eaux-Puiseaux)
- Museum of the old Champagne malt house (La Chapelle-Saint-Luc)
- Cheese Museum (Chaource)
- Museum of crystals – Centre Mazzolay (Bayel)
- Eco-Museum of the Orient Forest (Brienne-la-Vieille)
- House of Tools and Work Reflections (Troyes)
- Museum of Vauluisant (Troyes)
- Museum of peasant history (Champcharme)
- Museum of peasant memory (Estissac)
- Living Museum of Romilly hosiery (Romilly-sur-Seine)
- The Folk Art Museum (Droupt-Saint-Basle)
- Renoir Workshop (Essoyes)
- Museum of Modern Art (Troyes)
- Loukine Museum (Arsonval)
- Paul Dubois-Alfred Boucher Museum (Nogent-sur-Seine)
- Saint-Loup Museum (Troyes)
- Apothecary of the Hotel-Dieu-le-Comte (Troyes)
- Michel Marcu Museum of automata (Lusigny-sur-Barse)
- Di Marco Museum (Troyes)
- Museum of dolls of yesteryear and cooperage (Maisons-lès-Chaource)
- Museum of the Simple Past (Crésantignes)
- Aube Educational History Museum
- Museum of news design in the press (Troyes)
Other historic sites
Notable people linked to the department
- Chrétien de Troyes, writer
- Urbain IV, Pope
- Georges Jacques Danton, Revolutionary
- Martin-Pierre Gauthier, Architect
- Jacques-Nicolas Paillot de Montabert, Painter
- Henri Gambey, Inventor
- Alexandre Du Sommerard, Archeologist
- Louis Jacques Thénard, Chemist
- Sylvain Charles Valée, Marshal of France
- Jacques Claude Beugnot, Politician
- Nicolas Desmarest, Geologist
- Pierre-Jean Grosley, Historian
- Edmé Boursault, Man of Letters
- Jean de Brienne, King of Jerusalem
- Jules Guyot, Physician, oenologist (1807–1872)
- Charles Baltet, Horticulturalist (1830–1908)
- Gabriel Bonvalot, Explorer (1853–1933)
- Gaston Bachelard, Philosopher and professor at Bar-sur-Aube
- Gaston Cheq, Leader of the revolt of the wine-growers in 1911
- Olivier Messiaen, Composer, Organist, ornithologist, Fuligny, Aube, 1928–1931
- The complete list can be found at Water Courses of Aube (in French)
- Including transport and services
- Including education, health, and social workers
- This figure does not take into account students from the National Conservatory of Music in Troyes
- Inhabitants of France (in French)
- Denajar, Laurent (9 July 2017). "Carte archéologique de la Gaule: 10. Aube". Les Editions de la MSH – via Google Books.
- Geographical Information, annuaire-mairie.fr website, consulted on 24 June 2010 (in French)
- Geographical Presentation of the Aube department Archived 5 July 2013 at the Wayback Machine, Aube prefecture website, consulted on 22 September 2010 (in French)
- Readings from the Météo-France station at Barberey-Saint-Sulpice
- Paris, Nice, Strasbourg, Brest
- Data from the Station at Troyes from 1981 to 2010 (in French)
- Aube and its budget, General Council of Aube, 2011, consulted on 14 May 2011 (in French)
- TCAT website Archived 15 March 2015 at the Wayback Machine (in French)
- List of Networks in Aube department, Trans'bus, consulted on 20 September 2010 (in French)
- Transdev Route Map (in French)
- Keolis Sud Lorraine (in French)
- Procars Champagne Archived 11 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine (in French)
- Autocars Bardy Archived 23 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine (in French)
- The port of Aube at Nogent-sur-Seine, Aube Développement, consulted on 21 September 2010 (in French)
- Saint-Potentien and Saint-Savinien, first preachers of the Gospel in Gaul Archived 8 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine (in French)
- Genealogical and Heraldic History of the peers of France, Volume 8, Jean Baptiste Pierre Jullien de Courcelles, 1827 (in French)
- Regions-Tourism-Arkantz, 2007, consulted on 19 September 2010 (in French)
- Foreign Policy Of Atatürk
- EOLAS. "Les élus au Conseil départemental – Département de l'Aube". www.aube.fr.
- Population of the main towns of Aube on the SPLAF website (in French)
- Results from the 2006 population census, INSEE, consulted on 22 September 2010 (in French)
- The first degree in Aube, rectory of the Academy of Reims, consulted on 27 October 2010 (in French)
- The second degree in Aube, rectory of the Academy of Reims, consulted on 27 October 2010 (in French)
- Lists of associations, Departmental Directorate of Youth and Sports in Aube Archived 18 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine, consulted on 23 September 2010 m (in French)
- Circulation is weekly in 2008, OJD Archived 10 November 2009 at the Wayback Machine
- Competent Jurisdictions for the commune of Troyes, consulted on 2 July 2010 (in French)
- Heritage and Architecture – Figures for 2012, Ministry of Culture and Communication, consulted on 7 June 2012 (in French)
- List of Museums on the Aube and Champagne Tourist website (in French)
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- (in French) Prefecture website
- (in English) General Council website
- (in English) Aube at Curlie
- (in French) Official Tourism website for Troyes
- Official website for Tourism for Aube (in French)
- Official website for Tourism in Aube for Tablets and smartphones (in French)
- (in French) of Aube Accounts for the Communes and groupings: - Individual Data Principle budget only – Consolidated data "Principle Budget and annexes" (in French)
- Departmental Archives
- Official website of discovery for Aube (in French)
- Vitrail website for Aube (in French)