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Coat of arms of Saint-Léonard-des-Bois
Saint-Léonard-des-Bois (France)
region Pays de la Loire
Department Sarthe
Arrondissement Mamers
Canton Sillé-le-Guillaume
Community association Haute Sarthe Alpes Mancelles
Coordinates 48 ° 21 ′  N , 0 ° 5 ′  W Coordinates: 48 ° 21 ′  N , 0 ° 5 ′  W
height 87-241 m
surface 27.12 km 2
Residents 472 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 17 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 72130
INSEE code

Center of Saint-Léonard

Saint-Léonard-des-Bois is a French commune with 472 inhabitants (at January 1, 2017) in the department of Sarthe in the region Pays de la Loire between Paris and Rennes . It belongs to the Arrondissement of Mamers and the canton of Sillé-le-Guillaume . The residents call themselves Saint Léonardais and Saint Léonardaises .



Saint-Léonard-des-Bois is located in the northwest of the Sarthe department, in the north and west it borders on the Mayenne department and in the north-east a little bit on the Orne department. The center of the village lies in a small valley, which is enclosed by mountains and forests. It belongs to the Normandy-Maine Regional Nature Park .

Neighboring communities

Saint-Pierre-des-Nids Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei
Gesvres Neighboring communities Moulins-le-Carbonnel
Saint-Paul-le-Gaultier Assé-le-Boisne , Sougé-le-Ganelon

Population development

Saint-Léonard had 1,500 inhabitants in 1731, by 1821 the population had risen to 1,808. After that, the population fell again until it reached a low of 497 in 1990. By 2011 the population had increased again slightly to 541 inhabitants.

year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2015
Residents 722 639 568 512 497 503 532 478


The population of Saint-Léonard is over-aged, with almost 30% of the population being over 60 years old. But also 31.5% are under 30, about two percent more than in 2006. The largest group among men and women are the 30 to 44 year olds.

Saint-Léonard age pyramid 2011
Men Age level Women
0-14 years
15-29 years
30–44 years
45–59 years
60–74 years
75-89 years
over 90 years


The general councilor for the canton of Fresnay-sur-Sarthe , which also includes Saint-Léonard, is the mayoress of Fresnay-sur-Sarthe Fabienne Labrette-Ménager ( UMP ). In the National Assembly , Saint-Léonard is represented by the MEP from the first constituency of the Département Sarthe Françoise Dubois ( PS ).

Political tendencies

Politically, Saint-Léonard is strongly conservative, with the UMP and RPR candidates getting well over 55% in the presidential and parliamentary elections.

In the regional council and cantonal elections, the UMP always received a clear majority, with voter turnouts of over 50%, in the cantonal election of 2008 even over 80%.

The population of Saint-Léonard is critical of Europe, in 2004 the PS received more votes than the UMP, with a turnout of 48.06%. In 2009 the UMP achieved the best result with a turnout of only 42.6%, in 2014 there was a slightly better turnout of 54.86%, but the FN received the best result with 29.81%. Both treaties, the Maastricht Treaty and the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe , were rejected by a majority of the population, with voter turnouts around 70%.

City council and mayor

Town hall of Saint-Léonard

The last local elections ( élections municipales ) in Saint-Léonard-des-Bois took place on March 23, 2014 . There were 30 candidates for the first ballot, 13 of which received an absolute majority of the votes in the first ballot. Since the municipal council ( conseil minicipal ) has 15 seats, a second ballot was necessary, two of the 17 candidates for the second ballot received an absolute majority.
The local council from among its members Pascal Delpierre mayor ( Maire ) and Jean Kestelloot, Damien Hélouin and Pascale Migniau-Boisgallais to Assistant Secretary ( Adjoints selected).

Culture and sights

Church of Saint-Léonard


  • Church of Saint-Léonard-des-Bois from the 12th century
  • Linthe Manor, a historic monument since 1984


  • Tennis court
  • Canoe rental

Economy and Infrastructure


There are many small businesses in Saint-Léonard, such as artisans, bakers and restaurants. Larger shops can be found in nearby Fresnay-sur-Sarthe . The campsite, hiking trails and an animal park characterize Saint-Léonard in the region.


  • Le Patrimoine des Communes de la Sarthe. Flohic Editions, Volume 1, Paris 2000, ISBN 2-84234-106-6 , pp. 626-628.

Web links

Commons : Saint-Léonard-des-Bois  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. 2006 population on the website of the French Statistical Office.Retrieved August 22, 2014
  2. Population structure of Saint-Léonard 2011 on the website of the French statistical office. Retrieved August 25, 2014
  3. ^ Official final result of the local elections in Saint-Léonard-des-Bois. Retrieved August 22, 2014
  4. ^ Listing of the new parish council on the website of the newspaper Le Maine libre . Retrieved August 22, 2014