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Ars-sur-Formans

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Ars-sur-Formans is a French commune in the Ain department in the Rhône-Alpes region of eastern France.The inhabitants of the commune are known as Arsois or ArsoisesGeographyThe village is in the south-western part of the Ain department 33 km north of Lyon and 10 km east of Villefranche-sur-Saône in the heart of the Dombes region - known for its many lagoons. Ars-sur-Formans is on the Dombes plateau while to the west it borders the fertile hills of the Val de Saône. A small river, the Formans, passes through the commune.The D44 road from Savigneux west to Beauregard forms much of the northern border of the commune. Access to the village is by road D904 going west from Savigneux and continuing to join the D934 west of the commune. The road D888 also runs south-east of the village to Rancé.The Formans river runs from east to west across the commune just south of the village to join the Saône river near Saint-Bernard.ToponymyThe name of the commune comes from Arsa meaning "burnt". Long known simply as Ars, the commune changed its name to Ars-sur-Formans by a decree of 12 October 1956 published in the Official Journal on the 18th of the same month.
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