Les Bréseux

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Les Bréseux
Les Bréseux (France)
Les Bréseux
region Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Department Doubs
Arrondissement Montbeliard
Canton Maîche
Community association Pays de Maîche
Coordinates 47 ° 16 '  N , 6 ° 49'  E Coordinates: 47 ° 16 '  N , 6 ° 49'  E
height 570-910 m
surface 7.37 km 2
Residents 477 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 65 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 25120
INSEE code

Mairie Les Bréseux

Les Bréseux is a French municipality with 477 inhabitants (as of January 1 2017) in Doubs in the region Bourgogne Franche-Comté .


Les Bréseux in winter

Les Bréseux is located at 750  m , two kilometers north of Maîche and about 28 kilometers south of the city of Montbéliard (as the crow flies). The village extends in the Jura , in a hollow at the northern foot of Mont Miroir , on the edge of the Maîche plateau.

The area of ​​the 7.37 km² large municipality covers a section of the French Jura. The southern part of the area is occupied by the Les Bréseux basin. Topographically, this belongs to the catchment area of ​​the Dessoubre , but has no above-ground running water because the rainwater seeps into the karstified subsoil. The almost one kilometer wide basin opens to the west towards the Dessoubre valley. It is flanked in the south by the heights of Mont Miroir , at which the highest point of Les Bréseux is reached at 910 m. On its north side, the hollow is bordered by the wide ridge of Bourbet (up to 850 m), which is partly made up of meadows and pastures, partly with forest. This ridge falls in various places with striking limestone walls ( Rochers du Bourbet vantage point ) to the deeply cut Dessoubre valley, whereby the northern municipal boundary mostly runs along the steep slope, sometimes also above the steep drop.

In addition to the actual town center, Les Bréseux also includes various hamlets and individual farms, including:

  • Mont Janson ( 775  m ) north of the Les Bréseux basin
  • Le Bourbet ( 776  m ) at the height of Bourbet

Neighboring municipalities of Les Bréseux are Fleurey , Saint-Hippolyte and Montandon in the north, Thiébouhans in the east, Maîche in the south and Mancenans-Lizerne and Orgeans-Blanchefontaine in the west.


The Saint-Michel church was built in 1819 on the site of an early 17th century chapel. She owns, among other things, important glass paintings by Alfred Manessier (1948–50).

Saint-Michel church


Population development
year Residents
1962 241
1968 255
1975 264
1982 294
1990 369
1999 404
2016 483

With 477 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017), Les Bréseux is one of the small communities in the Doubs department. After the population had decreased significantly in the first half of the 20th century (387 people were counted in 1901), the population has continued to grow steadily since the mid-1970s.

Economy and Infrastructure

Until well into the 20th century, Les Bréseux was a village dominated by agriculture (cattle breeding and dairy farming) and forestry. In addition, there are now various local small businesses. Many workers are also commuters who work in the surrounding larger towns.

The village is well developed in terms of traffic. It is located on the main road D437, which leads from Montbéliard via Maîche to Morteau . Further road connections exist with Mancenans-Lizerne and Thiébouhans.

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