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Foix ( ; Occitan: Fois, ; Catalan: Foix, ) is a commune, the capital of the Ariègemarker département in Francemarker. It is the least populous administrative centre of a département in all of France (1999 census), although it is only very slightly smaller than Privasmarker. It lies south of Toulousemarker, close to the border with Spainmarker and Andorramarker.


Ch√Ęteau des Comtes de Foix
The town of Foix probably owes its origin to an oratory founded by Charlemagne, which afterwards became an abbey. The current area was preceded by the County of Foix.


The coat of arms used by the commune has the blazon Or, three pallets gules. This is replicated on the flag, and in the arms of the département. It originates from the arms of the Counts of Foix, and, as such, dates back into medieval times. It bears a resemblance to the coat of arms of Aragon, both featuring in the coat of arms of Andorra.


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  • Claudine Pailh√®s, Le comt√© de Foix: un pays et des hommes : regards sur un comt√© pyr√©n√©en au moyen √Ęge (Louve, 2006) ISBN 291648809X, ISBN 9782916488097, 462 p. [61727]

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