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There are 3 arrondissements in the Lot department. The French departments, and in other countries, are divided into arrondissements, which may be translated into English as districts (in some cases, as boroughs). The capital of an arrondissement is called a subprefecture.

If the prefecture (capital) of the department is in an arrondissement, that prefecture is the capital of the arrondissement, acting both as a prefecture and as a subprefecture.

Arrondissements are further divided into communes.

The arrondissements of the Lot department are:

  1. Arrondissement of Cahors, (prefecture of the Lot department: Cahors), with 129 communes.
  2. Arrondissement of Figeac, (subprefecture: Figeac), with 116 communes.
  3. Arrondissement of Gourdon, (subprefecture: Gourdon), with 81 communes.


Since its creation, the Lot department has had few changes:

  • 1790 : creation of the Lot department with six districts: Cahors, Martel, Gourdon, Figeac, Montauban, Lauzerte; the capital was Cahors
  • 1800 : creation of the arrondissements: Cahors, Figeac, Gourdon, Montauban
  • 1926 : the arrondissement of Montauban was transferred to the new department of Tarn-et-Garonne
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