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Le Crozet is a French commune situated in the département of the Loire; region Rhône-Alpes. The nearest large town is Roanne, which lies 24 kilometres to the south-east.

It has a population of 282 (2007) and a surface area of 13.31 square kilometres giving a population density of 21 inhabitants per square kilometre.

The web site of the mairie (http://www.le-crozet.com/accueil.php) has this to say about the history of the village. Any errors resulting from translation from the original French text are down to me:

In the north of the Loire department, in sight of the Roannaise plain and the mountains of La Madeleine, the medieval village of Le Crozet stands proudly on a promontory. In addition to its beautiful commanding situation, it is a village that will charm you with its unique architecture, witness of a glorious past.

During the turbulent times of history, Le Crozet was a solid shelter against attacks. In the 10th century, it belonged to the Vicomte de Mâcon Artaud le Blanc. In the 12th century, it became the property of Compte du Forez, Guy IV; the latter encircled the town with walls. From that time the town of Le Crozet began to gain in importance.

Subsequently, during the 16th century, it passes several times into the hands of the Duke of Bourbon before finally becoming a property of the Crown under François 1st. Thus, in the heart of the ancient ramparts there grew a network of shops and services. Then, the town of La Pacaudière began to develop gradually along the royal highway (now the N7). Situated too far from the road, the medieval town of Le Crozet began its slow decline.

Today, this prestigious past remains in the form of many elegant buildings that you can discover for yourself.

The mairie web site also has some interesting articles in French with photographs on some of the different buildings to be found walking through the village.

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