Loulle is a commune in the French department of Jura in the Franche -Comté.
Loulle is located on 681 m above sea level. M., about five kilometers southwest of the city Champagnole (air line). The scattered village extends in the Jura, on the high plateau of Champagnole, the second plateau of the Western Jura, south of the Ain Valley.
The area of 10.90 km ² municipal area includes a portion of the French Jura. The area is located exclusively on the high plateau of Champagnole to an average of 700 m above sea level. M. This plateau shows a loose structure of meadow land, farmland and extensive forests, namely Bois de Comberaux, Bois du Petit Chanet and Bois de la Farouille in the west and the Bois du Surmont in the east. To the north the plateau decreases with a steep slope to the plane of Champagnole Valley to the valley of Ney, the boundary runs along the top edge. To the south the plateau rises slightly. On a knoll above the hallway La Marche is 776 m above sea level. M. reached the highest elevation of Loulle. The whole area shows no surface watercourses, because the rainwater seeps into the ground, which consists of porous limestone.
Is first mentioned in the 13th century Loulle under the name of Olla. By agglutination of the French definite article, the spelling changed over time to Loulle. The name goes back to the Latin word olla folk (boiler, pot). Since the Middle Ages Loulle belonged to the rule Châtelneuf. In the 14th century it became a separate parish. Together with the Franche -Comté reached the village with the Peace of Nijmegen in 1678 to France.
In 2004, numerous footprints of dinosaurs have been discovered in an old quarry near the village on a limestone slab. In the 3,000 m² large plate with probably more than 1000 footprints more accurate scientific investigation is carried out in 2007.
The church of Saint -Laurent was built in the 16th century.
With 173 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2011) Loulle one of the small towns in the Jura. Once the population has consistently had in the first half of the 20th century in the range of about 200 people until the mid-1970s a significant population decline was recorded. Since then, the population has increased again.
Economy and infrastructure
Loulle was until well into the 20th century a predominantly coined by agriculture and forestry village. In addition, there are today some of the local small business enterprises. Meanwhile, the village has also changed into a residential community. Many workers are 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 Champagnole to Mont- sur- Monnet. Further road links exist with Saffloz and Pillemoine.