Country and people

Le Rouret

Le Rouret is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France.

Geography:

Le Rouret is located 10 km (6.2 mi) from Grasse, 26 km (16 mi) from Cannes and the Mediterranean coast, 28 km (17 mi) from Nice and 45 km (28 mi) from Monaco. Parts of Le Rouret sit on a south-facing elevation, providing a view to the Mediterranean Sea ranging from Monaco to Saint-Tropez.

Economy:

The commune is largely residential, but a number of shops and a local tourist information office can be found in the centre of the village. The surrounding areas are interspersed with flower farms, used by the perfume distilleries of Grasse.

Le Rouret is an example of a typical Provençal village undergoing modern development: evidence of its agricultural present and past remains clear despite increased tourism, cultural activities and housing developments.

History:

Protohistory:

Two sites in Le Rouret show signs of ancient occupation: Le camp du bois du Rouret and Le Castellaras.

Le camp du bois is situated on a hilltop. Digs carried out by Paul Goby at the end of the 19th century showed signs of habitations from around 400BC, with the most dense period of occupation being around 100BC.[1]

Le Castellaras is very similar but additionally sports a fallen monolith, thought to date from the Neolithic era or bronze age. However, no other signs of occupations from these periods has been found on this site.

Modern Era:
Early 1900s: 604 inhabitants who work on the land
1910: tram line to Le Rouret established
Mai 1928: tram line stopped, fewer travelers arrive
1945: 545 inhabitants after World War II
Start of the French Fifth Republic: a road joining Grasse and Nice is build through Le Rouret and population increases.



Région: Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Département: Alpes-Maritimes

Arrondissement: Grasse

Canton: Bar-sur-Loup

Population: 3 763 hab. (2006)

Densité: 530 hab./km2

Altitudes: mini. 178 m — maxi. 480 m


(by Wikipedia)

Le Rouret