Charcier is a commune in the French department of Jura in the Franche -Comté.


Charcier is located on 510 m above sea level. M., approximately 16 km east-southeast of the town of Lons -le- Saunier (air line). The farming village extends in the Jura, in the Valley of the Combe d' Ain, on the eastern edge of the broad Ain valley at the foot of the plateau of Champagnole.

The area of ​​12.91 km ² municipal area includes a portion of the French Jura. The western part of the area occupied by the broad plain east of the Ain, the. Average to 480 m above sea M. lies. The northern boundary case runs along the stream of Dudon, which rises at the foot of the plateau. In the far west of the municipality floor extends to the Ain, which is here dammed to generate electricity.

To the east, the municipality's area extends over a 100 m high ground level on the adjacent plateau ( average at 600 m above sea level. M. ). It has large areas of woodland on (Les Grands Bois, Bois de la Jalèvre ), but also shows clearings, which are covered with arable and meadow land. In the southeast of the plateau is 654 m above sea level. M. reached the highest elevation of Charcier. In the far south of the municipal area, the plateau is divided by the erosion valley of the brook Sirene.

To Charcier addition to the actual site also includes several hamlets and isolated farms, including:

  • Grospellier (600 m above sea level. M. ) in a clearing on the island plateau of Champagnole
  • La Charne (605 m above sea level. M. ) on the plateau of Champagnole

Neighboring communities of Charcier are Doucier in the north, Denezières in the east, and Uxelles Charézier in the south and in the west Châtillon.


Several findings indicate that the municipality of Charcier was already inhabited during the Gallo- Roman period. Is first mentioned the town in the 12th century. Since the Middle Ages belonged to the barony Charcier Mont -Saint -Sorlin ( at Charézier ). Together with the Franche -Comté reached the village with the Peace of Nijmegen in 1678 to France. After the collapse of the church of Saint- Sorlin in 1750 at Charézier Charcier was elevated to a parish. To a field change occurred in 1822, when the previously independent municipalities Grospellier and La Charne were merged with Charcier.


The parish church of Saint- Saturnin got its present shape in the new construction in the 18th century.


With 119 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2011) Charcier one of the smallest towns in the Jura. After the population had decreased significantly in the first half of the 20th century (1891 256 people were still counted ), only small fluctuations were recorded since the early 1970s.

Economy and infrastructure

Charcier was until well into the 20th century a predominantly coined by farming village. In addition, there are today some of the local small business enterprises. Many workers are also commuters who engage in the larger towns in the vicinity of their work.

The village is located off the major thoroughfares on a secondary road, leading from Clairvaux- les -Lacs after Doucier. Further road links exist with Liefnans and Denezières.

Barésia -sur- l'Ain | Boissia | Charcier | Charézier | Chevrotaine | Clairvaux- les -Lacs | Cogna | Doucier | Fontenu | La Frasnée | Le Frasnois | Hautecour | Largillay - Marsonnay | Marigny | Menétrux -en- Joux | Mesnois | Patornay | Pont -de- Poitte | Saffloz | Songeson | Soucia | Thoiria | Uxelles | Vertamboz

  • Commune in the department of Jura
  • Place in Franche -Comté