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Corrèze (French pronunciation: ​[kɔʁɛz]; Occitan: Corresa) is a department in Southwestern France, named after the river Corrèze which runs through it. Its capital is Tulle, and its most populated town is Brive-la-Gaillarde. The inhabitants of the department are called Corréziens.


The department makes up of most of Lower Limousin and owes its name to the Corrèze river whose entire course flows through the centre, and passes through the two main cities, Tulle and Brive. Tulle is the prefecture of Corrèze and Brive-la-Gaillarde the largest city.


Since 2015, the department is administrated by the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. To the north, it borders the departments of Haute-Vienne and the Creuse, to the east, the departments of Puy-de-Dôme and Cantal, to the south of that of the Lot and, finally, to the west of that of the Dordogne.

Geology and relief

Located west of the Massif Central, it consists of three zones: the Mountains (Montagne), the plateaus and the Brive Basin. The mountains' peak at 987 m at Mount Bessou. Its Rhenohercynian Zone formation is quite eroded. The plateaus have deep valleys that head towards the Dordogne river, such as at the Gimel waterfalls. South-west of Corrèze, the Brive sedimentary basin enjoys a more favourable climate. There are sandstone hills like Collonges-la-Rouge.


The department is crossed by several rivers, such as Vézère, Corrèze or the Dordogne.


The department transitions between the Aquitaine and the Massif Central, the Corrèze department sees its elevation gradually rise from the basin of Brive to the Plateau de Millevaches, watershed of the Atlantic facade. This relief explains the wide variety of climates of Corrèze.


Corrèze is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on 4 March 1790. It includes part of the former province of Limousin (the Bas-Limousin). The 1851 census recorded a population of 320,866: this remained relatively constant for the rest of the nineteenth century. During the twentieth century, however, Corrèze shared the experience of many of the country's rural departments as the population fell steadily. Within Corrèze the nineteenth-century railway planners, influenced in part by the department's topography, endowed Brive-la-Gaillarde with good connections and a major junction from which railway lines fanned out in six different directions. The railways arrived in 1860, at an opportune moment, directly after phylloxera had destroyed the local wine industry. The new railways enabled the farms in the area surrounding Brive to specialise in fruits and vegetables which they could now transport rapidly to the larger population centres of central and southern France. Locally, the new agriculture triggered the development, in the Brive basin, of related businesses and industries such as the manufacture of jams and liquors, as well as timber/paper-based packaging businesses.


The President of the General Council was François Hollande of the Socialist Party until 2012 when he was elected President of the Republic. Jacques Chirac also served as a Deputy of the National Assembly from here for many years.

Current National Assembly Representatives



People who were born or have significantly lived in Corrèze include: The House of Noailles, dukes of Noailles and Ayen, which provided three marshals of France, one admiral of France and one archbishop of Paris The House of La Tour d'Auvergne, viscounts of Turenne Bernard de Ventadour (1135–1195), a famous troubadour born at the castle of Ventadour Pope Clement VI (1291–1352), 198th pope, born Pierre Roger in Rosiers-d'Égletons Pope Innocent VI (1295–1362), 199th pope, born Etienne Aubert in Beyssac Pope Gregory XI (1329–1378), 201st pope and last French pope, born Pierre Roger de Beaufort in Rosiers-d'Egletons Étienne Baluze (1630–1718), scholar and personal librarian of Colbert Guillaume Dubois (1656–1723), cardinal and statesman, Prime Minister of France during the Régence Jean-Baptiste Treilhard (1742–1810), political figure of the French Revolution, member of Committee of Public Safety, president of the Convention that judged and sentenced to death King Louis XVI, member of the Directory and one of the redactors of the Napoleonic codes; he is buried in the Panthéon Jean-Antoine Marbot (1754–1800), general of the French Army and politician, deputy of Correze in the Legislative Assembly, deputy of Corrèze in the Council of the Ancients, twice elected President of the Council of the Ancients Pierre-André Latreille (1762–1833), zoologist and entomologist Guillaume Marie Anne Brune (1763–1815), marshal of France, marshal of the Empire and godfather of author Alexandre Dumas Antoine Adolphe Marcelin Marbot (1781–1844), general of the French Army Jean-Baptiste Antoine Marcelin Marbot (1782–1854), general of the French Army, author of the famous Memoirs of General Marbot Edmond Perrier (1844–1921), anatomist and zoologist Robert Nivelle (1856–1924), general, commander-in-chief of the French armies on the Western Front in 1917 Léon Eyrolles (1861–1945), entrepreneur and politician Eugène Freyssinet (1879–1962), structural and civil engineer, major pioneer of prestressed concrete In 1879 Adolphe Clément-Bayard built an iron smelter in Tulle to supply his Parisian cycle manufacturing business, but he did not have sufficient finance to make it viable. Marius Vazeilles (1881–1973), politician and archeologist Henri Queuille (1884–1970), mayor of Neuvic (1912–1965), deputy for Corrèze (1914–1935 and 1946–1958), senator for Corrèze (1935–1941) who refused to vote full powers to Pétain in 1940, three times Prime Minister of France during the Fourth Republic Edmond Michelet (1899–1970), politician and statesman, who did the first act of resistance of World War II in France by distributing tracts calling to continue the war in all Brive-la-Gaillarde's mailboxes on 17 June 1940, one day before Charles de Gaulle's Appeal of 18 June Antoinette Feuerwerker (1912–2003), lawyer and resistance member David Feuerwerker (1912–1980), Rabbi and resistance member Marie-Thérèse Nguyễn Hữu Thị Lan (1914–1963), the last empress consort of the Nguyễn dynasty in Vietnam Jean Cazeneuve (1915–2005), philosopher and sociologist, president of the ORTF and of TF1 Pierre Neuville (1922– ), author of "Les combats de ma vie" SDE (2013). Jacques Delors (1925– ), economist and politician, 8th President of the European Commission (1985–1994), father of socialist leader Martine Aubry André Malraux (1901–1976), writer, adventurer and statesman, member of the French Resistance in Corrèze during the Second World War Jacques Chirac (1932–2019), deputy to the Assemblée Nationale for Corrèze (1967–1995), President of the departement's General Council (1970–1979), Prime Minister of France (1974–1976 and 1986–1988), Mayor of Paris (1977–1995) and 22nd President of the French Republic (1995–2007) Bernadette Chirac (1933– ), member of the departement's General Council and aide to the mayor of Sarran François Hollande (1954– ), deputy for Corrèze (1988–1993 and 1997–2012), mayor of Tulle (2001–2008), President of the department's General Council (2008–2012), leader of the Socialist Party (1997–2008), 24th President of the French Republic (2012–2017) Pierre Tornade (1930–2012), actor born in Bort-les-Orgues. Rose Warfman (1916–2016 ), resistance member Eric Rohmer (1920–2010), film director Marcel Conche (1922– ), philosopher Max Mamers (1943), born in Objat, racing driver two times champion of France of rallycross, organizer of the Andros Trophy and the Paris-Corrèze. Patrick Sébastien (1953– ), born in Brive-la-Gaillarde, a man of television, singer. Pierre Villepreux (1943– ), rugby player Denis Tillinac (1947– ), author and journalist Marie-Anne Montchamp (1957– ), politician, former Secretary of State for Solidarities and Social Cohesion (2010–2012) Valérie Pécresse (1967– ), politician, former Minister of Higher Education and Research (2007–2011), former Minister of the Budget and Government's Spokeswoman (2011–2012) René Teulade (1931–2014), member of the Senate Cédric Villani (1973– ), mathematician, Fields Medalist in 2010 Cédric Heymans (1978– ), French international rugby union player Dimitri Yachvili (1980– ), French international rugby union player Laurent Koscielny (1985– ), footballer who plays for Arsenal in the Premier League Thomas Domingo (1985– ), French international rugby union player Varg Vikernes (1973– ), Norwegian musician and writer
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