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Brive-la-Gaillarde (France)
region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Corrèze
Arrondissement Brive-la-Gaillarde
Canton Main town of
Community association Bassin de Brive
Coordinates 45 ° 10 ′  N , 1 ° 32 ′  E Coordinates: 45 ° 10 ′  N , 1 ° 32 ′  E
height 102-315 m
surface 48.59 km 2
Residents 46,916 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 966 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 19100
INSEE code

Brive Town Hall

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Visitor center
Municipal archive

Brive-la-Gaillarde ( Brive in Occitan ) is a town and municipality with 46,916 inhabitants (at January 1, 2017) in the southwest of France in the region Nouvelle-Aquitaine . It is the seat of a sub-prefecture of the Corrèze department . Until 1919 the city was only called Brive , colloquially it is still called that way. The addition "la Gaillarde" (German roughly: the strong one) can be traced back to the city ​​fortifications , which withstood all sieges over the centuries . The inhabitants call themselves Brivistes.


The city is located in the Brive Basin on the eastern edge of the Aquitaine Basin . The river Corrèze flows through it, which flows into the Vézère at the end of the village .

Tulle , the prefecture of the department, is about 30 kilometers northeast, Limoges about 90 kilometers north and Périgueux about 85 kilometers west.

Neighboring municipalities of Brive-la-Gaillarde are Ussac in the north, Malemort-sur-Corrèze in the northeast, Cosnac in the southeast, Jugeals-Nazareth and Noailles in the south, Chasteaux and Lissac-sur-Couze in the southwest and Saint-Pantaléon-de-Larche in the West.

The Lac du Causse is located about ten kilometers southwest of the city.


Brive-la-Gaillarde was called Briva Curretia in ancient times and was a town of the Lemoviks . Here in 584 Gundowald was elected King of Aquitaine .

Population development

year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2016
Residents 40.175 46,561 51,828 51,511 49,765 49.141 50.009 47.004
Sources: Cassini and INSEE

Economy and Infrastructure

In economic terms, the Brive agglomeration is the second most important location after Limoges in the former Limousin region . Numerous companies in the food and electronics industries have factories and branches here. The city is also the seat of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Briver agglomeration.


The former Brive Airport ( Aérodrome de Brive Laroche ) is three and a half kilometers west of Brive and was replaced by Brive - Vallée de la Dordogne Airport in June 2010 . This is located about 15 kilometers south of the city not far from junction 53 of the A20 autoroute .

To the north of Brive, the Autoroute A20 and Autoroute A89 intersect and partially unite .

Brive train station is a hub in the French rail network. Connections from Paris to Toulouse (via the Les Aubrais-Orléans – Montauban-Ville-Bourbon line and locally also via the Brive-la-Gaillarde – Toulouse-Matabiau line ) and from Bordeaux to Lyon (via the Coutras – Tulle line ) meet here ). The station is also a stop for the TGV .

coat of arms

The coat of arms shows a total of nine golden ears of wheat on a blue background. Three are each grouped in a lily shape, these in turn are distributed 2: 1.

Town twinning

The city of Brive currently has several international partnerships .


See: List of Monuments historiques in Brive-la-Gaillarde


The rugby club Club Athlétique Brive Corrèze Limousin is located in Brive .


Web links

Commons : Brive-la-Gaillarde  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Drapeaux, armoiries, symboles et emblèmes de la ville de Brive at, accessed on October 7, 2016
  2. ^ Gregory of Tours , Decem libri historiarum 7, 10.