Belleville-sur-Vie (French pronunciation: ​[bɛlvil syʁ vi], literally Belleville on Vie) is a former commune in the Vendée department in the Pays de la Loire region in western France. On 1 January 2016, it was merged into the new commune of Bellevigny.[2]

Part of Bellevigny
The church of Belleville-sur-Vie
Location of Belleville-sur-Vie
RegionPays de la Loire
ArrondissementLa Roche-sur-Yon
15.16 km2 (5.85 sq mi)
 • Density260/km2 (670/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal code
Elevation55–84 m (180–276 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.



Belleville-sur-Vie is situated 15 km north of La Roche-sur-Yon and 40 km from Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie on the Atlantic coast. The commune has an area of 1516 ha. 17 ha comprise 4 parks and 32 ha of green spaces. The main water source is the river Vie, a 62 km long stream which empties into the Atlantic at Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie. The river has four tributaries, the Jaunay, the Petite Boulogne, the Gué Gorand and the Ligneron.

In twenty years the region has doubled in population to the total of 3,838 (INSEE 01/01/2009). 58% of the population is 40 years old and younger and 36% less than 25 years old.

100 commercial enterprises employ around 1400 people in the area.

Belleville-sur-Vie belongs to the group of 'communes' of Boulogne which also includes: Aizenay, Beaufou, La Génétouze, Le Poiré-sur-Vie, Les Lucs-sur-Boulogne, St. Denis la Chevasse et Saligny. It also belongs equally to the region 'Yon et Vie' which is a part of 23 communities belonging to the region 'La Roche-sur-Yon'.


Belleville-sur-Vie won two flowers at the cities and villages flowers competition (palmarès 2009). The first flower was awarded in 2007. The second flower was then awarded in 2009.


The fortified château of the seigneur (lord) of Belleville was constructed towards the end of the 11th century and included moat. From 935 AD, historians discuss a seigneur of Bellville, the familial line of the seigneur of Belleville ended in 1306 with the death of the last male heir, Maurice de Belleville. The sole and final heir Jeanne de Belleville outlived her spouse who was decapitated on order of the king of France for the crime of treason - his lands therefore summarily confiscated. After she remarried into the Harpedanne family (of English origins) she re-established herself in Poitou until the occupation following the treaty of Brittany (1360)

The family Harpedanne of Belleville received King Charles VI, and the new seigneur of Belleville took the name at the start of the 15th century. In the second half of the 17th century the seigneur of Belleville was made a baron. Around 1850 the Baron constructed a Town Hall with the stones of the ancient former stately home of the seigneur.

The ancient church was constructed at the end of the 17th century, and belongs to one of the most interesting eras of the Vendean Romanesque style of architecture ('epoque du roman vendéen' in French). In a ruinous state, all that remains is the portal composed of four concentric arches.

During the year 1793, Belleville made a plaque for the vendéan army. General Charette established a headquarters here during the terror (1794–95) and his efforts during the war forced the 'blues' to sign the Treaty of La Jaunaye.


The airline company French Bee, and its parent the Dubreuil Group (which also owns Air Caraïbes, headquartered elsewhere) have their head office in Belleville-sur-Vie.[3][4]


The community has two public schools: École publique Les Chaumes, serving preschool and elementary school, and Collège Antoine de Saint-Exupery, - serving junior high school. The sole private school in the community is the École Primaire Privée Saint Augustin, a primary school.[5]

The Belleville-sur-Vie community has a media centre. The library is in nearby Saligny.[6]

See also


  1. ^ Téléchargement du fichier d'ensemble des populations légales en 2017 , INSEE
  2. ^ Arrêté préfectoral 19 November 2015
  3. ^ "Website Publisher ." French Bee. Retrieved on 19 May 2018. "FRENCH BEE, Simplified Joint-Stock Company with a capital of 5,000,000 Euros, with registered office located at Actipole 85, 85170 Belleville-sur-vie[...]"
  4. ^ "Contact ." Dubreuil Group. Retrieved on 19 May 2018. "Actipôle 85 BP 42 85 170 Belleville-sur-Vie"
  5. ^ "Écoles et collège ." Bellevigny. Retrieved on 19 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Bibliothèque / Médiathèque ." Bellevigny. Retrieved on 19 May 2018.


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