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Coat of arms of Privas
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Ardèche
Arrondissement Privas
Canton Privas
Intercommunality Privas Rhône et Vallées
Mayor Michel Valla
Elevation 200–750 m (660–2,460 ft)
(avg. 294 m or 965 ft*)
Land area1 12.14 km2 (4.69 sq mi)
Population2 8,312  (2012)
 - Density 685/km2 (1,770/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 07186/ 07000
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.

Coordinates: 44°44′09″N 4°35′49″E / 44.7358333333°N 4.597°E / 44.7358333333; 4.597

Privas is a commune of France and a préfecture (capital) of the Ardèche département. With a 1999 census population of only 9,170 people, it is the second smallest prefecture of any department in France. There are four bigger communes in Ardèche, called Annonay, Aubenas, Guilherand-Granges, and Tournon-sur-Rhône. The French footballer Cyril Théréau was born here.

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