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Citers (France)
region Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Department Haute-Saône
Arrondissement Lure
Canton Luxeuil-les-Bains
Community association Triangle Vert
Coordinates 47 ° 44 '  N , 6 ° 24'  E Coordinates: 47 ° 44 '  N , 6 ° 24'  E
height 269-347 m
surface 15.17 km 2
Residents 778 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 51 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 70300
INSEE code

Mairie Citers

Citers is a municipality in the French department of Haute-Saône in the region Bourgogne Franche-Comté .


Citers is located at an altitude of 285 m above sea level, nine kilometers northwest of Lure and about 23 kilometers northeast of the city of Vesoul (as the crow flies). The former street-line village extends in the central part of the department, on the southern edge of the Luxeuil plain, in the hollow of the Ruisseau de Perchie, east of the heights of Mont d'Ahie .

The area of ​​the municipal area of ​​15.17 km² covers a section of the Luxeuil plain. The main part of the area is taken up by this alluvial plain , which averages 280 m. The most important flowing water is the Lanterne , which provides drainage to the west to the Saône . On the parish soil , it receives an inflow from the Lambier and the Ruisseau de Perchie , which enter the plain at Citers. Agricultural use prevails here.

To the southwest, the area extends into the gently undulating landscape with the Chavanney and Prérey hills made up of fields and meadows . At 347 m, the highest point of Citers is reached on the Moireau plateau at the eastern foot of Mont d'Ahie . These hills are made of shell limestone from the Middle Triassic . To the northeast, the community area extends into the extensive forest of the Grand Bois . There are numerous ponds here, most of which have been dammed and are used for fish farming. Among the most important are the Étang d'Esboz , Étang de la Maisonnette and Étang du Châtelet .

The housing estate Le Faubourg du Citers (277 m) on the old main road from Lure to Luxeuil-les-Bains belongs to Citers . Neighboring municipalities of Citers are Esboz-Brest and Magnivray in the north, Rignovelle and Franchevelle in the east, Quers and Dambenoît-lès-Colombe in the south and Ailloncourt in the west.


Remains of a Roman traffic route indicate an early inspection and possibly also settlement of the area. Citers is first mentioned in a document in 1207. In the Middle Ages, the village belonged to the Free County of Burgundy and in that part of the Bailliage d'Amont area . The monasteries of Bithaine and Montigny had property and rights in the village. Together with Franche-Comté , Citers finally came to France with the Peace of Nijmegen in 1678. With the opening of the railway line from Lure to Luxeuil in the 19th century, the place was connected to the French railway network. Today Citers is a member of the community association Communauté de communes des Franches-Communes, which comprises 14 villages .


The village church of Saint-Martin in Citers was built in the 19th century. The interior includes a Louis XVI style pulpit and confessionals, as well as an 18th century bas-relief depicting the baptism of Christ. The numerous fountains and lavoirs are also worth seeing . Eight lavoirs are roofed and once served as a wash house and cattle trough. Particularly noteworthy is the Fontaine aux 13 gouliches , which was built in 1879 and whose style is reminiscent of the temple of Paestum .


Population development
year Residents
1962 557
1968 579
1975 561
1982 560
1990 712
1999 751
2006 822

With 778 inhabitants (January 1, 2017) Citers is one of the medium-sized municipalities in the Haute-Saône department. After the population had decreased significantly in the first half of the 20th century (923 people were still counted in 1911), population growth has been recorded again since the beginning of the 1980s.

Economy and Infrastructure

For a long time Citers was primarily a village characterized by agriculture (arable farming, fruit growing and cattle breeding), forestry and fish farming. Today there are some local small businesses, including a wood processing company and a furniture factory. In the last few decades the village has transformed into a residential community. Many workers are therefore commuters who work in the larger towns in the area.

The village is well developed in terms of traffic. It is close to the main D64 road from Lure to Luxeuil-les-Bains. The town center is relieved of through traffic by a four-lane bypass road. Further road connections exist with Quers, Dambenoît, Ailloncourt and Franchevelle. Citers is crossed by the railway line from Lure to Épinal . The nearest train station is in Lure.

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