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Vassieux-en-Vercors seen from the slopes of the col de la Chau, near the Mémorial de la Résistance
|Canton||Vercors-Monts du Matin|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Michel Repellin|
|Area1||48.25 km2 (18.63 sq mi)|
|• Density||7.3/km2 (19/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|INSEE/Postal code||26364 /26420|
1,028–1,654 m (3,373–5,427 ft) |
(avg. 1,048 m or 3,438 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
In June and July 1944 Second World War the French Resistance known as the Maquis du Vercors staged a major uprising against the German occupation in Vercors and proclaimed, the Free Republic of Vercors. It was the first democratic territory in France since the beginning of the German occupation in 1940 - the revolt was brutally suppressed. For its great acts of resistance the town was awarded the Ordre de la Libération. A memorial was built at the Col de la Chau to remember the grim events of the Second World War, and includes a cemetery where the victims of a July 1944 German massacre are buried.
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