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


Mesnois is located on 460 m above sea level. M., about 13 km 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, west of the river of the Ain, at the foot of the Côte de l' Today, which is here crowned by the Chateau de Beauregard.

The area of ​​11.47 km ² municipal area includes a portion of the French Jura. The eastern boundary runs in the region of Ain, partly along the river, sometimes east of it along Altwasserläufen. The Ain flows here with several meanders in a broad, flat alluvial plain from north to south. From the river, the municipality's area extends westward across the plain of the Combe d' Ain ( on average 450 meters above sea level. M. ) to the adjacent forested chain of the Côte de l' Today, on the 703 m above sea level. M. ( Cote de Chatonnay ) the highest elevation of Mesnois is achieved. In the area of ​​community land of Mesnois this chain is interrupted by a Klustal.

At Mesnois addition to the actual site also includes several hamlets and isolated farms, including:

  • Thuron ( 455 m above sea level. M. ) in the Combe d' Ain
  • Buron ( 478 m above sea level. M. ) at the foot of the Côte de l' Today

Neighboring communities of Mesnois are Blye in the north, and Charézier Patornay in the east, Pont -de- Poitte and Largillay - Marsonnay in the south and Marnézia, Nogna and Publy in the West.


Various finds, including the remains of a Roman road, point out that the municipality of Mesnois was already inhabited in Gallo- Roman times. First mentioned is the place in the 12th century. Together with the Franche -Comté Mesnois came with the Peace of Nijmegen in 1678 to France. To territorial changes occurred in 1815 with the incorporation of Buron and 1819 with the incorporation of Thuron. Both towns were previously independent communities.


With 201 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2011) Mesnois is one of the small towns in the Jura. After the population had decreased significantly in the first half of the 20th century (1911, 308 staff were still counted ), only small fluctuations were recorded since the early 1960s.

Economy and infrastructure

Mesnois 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. 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, but is easily accessible from the main road N78, which runs from Lons -le- Saunier to Saint -Laurent -en- Grandvaux. Another road connection with Blye.

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