French Settlement

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The Village of French Settlement is located in the southwestern portion of Livingston Parish. In its earliest years, French Settlement residents depended heavily on the Amite River not only as their sole means of Transportation to other areas, but as a vital source of fish. Nearby swamplands yielded an abundance of quail, deer, turkey, rabbit, and squirrel. Originally known as Londell, the name of the community evolved into French Settlement after the name of a general store owned by Joseph Salassi. Steamers from New Orleans bound for Salassi's store and cotton warehouse began calling their destination point "French Settlement." Thus, the name became commonly used to describe the entire community.

Early settlers traveled the Amite River to Lake Maurepas, then crossed the narrow pass into Lake Pontchartrain in order to get to New Orleans. Industry at that time centered primarily on farming, lumbering, and harvesting fish and seafood from the waterways. Today most residents commute to the larger cities for employment. Incorporated on June 13, 1965 French Settlement has a mayor, three aldermen and an elected police chief.

The population of French Settlement is approximately 1116 (2010 Census), up from 945 (2000 Census) and 952 (2001 Census). The amount of land area in French Settlement is 7.012 sq. kilometers. The amount of surface water is 0.031 sq kilometers. The distance from French Settlement to Washington DC is 998 miles. The distance to the Louisiana state capital is 21 miles. (as the crow flies) French Settlement is positioned 30.31 degrees north of the equator and 90.80 degrees west of the prime meridian.

Mayor: Toni Guitrau
Address: P.O. Box 3, 16015 Hwy. 16 French Settlement, LA 70733
Telephone: 225-698-6100
Fax: 225-698-3007
Police Chief:  Harry Brignac
Telephone: 225-698-6107
Fax: 225-698-3007 E-mail:
Police Dept. Number: 225-698-6107 Office No. 698-6100
Address: 16015 Hwy. 16 (PO Box 3) French Settlement, LA 70733

Aldermen: e-mail:

Danette Aydell  P.O. Box 3 French Settlement, LA 70733 (225)698-6100 Fax (225)698-3007
Teresa Miller P.O. Box 3 French Settlement, LA 70733 (225) 698-1909 Fax(225)698-3007
Rhonda Lobell P.O. Box 3 French Settlement, LA 70733 (225)698-6774 Fax (225)698-3007
Mayor's Court: Toni Guitrau

Telephone: (225)698-6100 Fax: (225)698-3007
Address: Village of French Settlement P.O. Box 3 French Settlement LA 70733
Utilities and Services

French Settlement Gas (this company does not belong to the Village of French Settlement) 16143 La. Hwy. 16 French Settlement, LA 70733 225-698-3696

Entergy 1-800-368-3749 DEMCO 225-261-1221

French Settlement Water Company (this company does not belong to the Village of French Settlement) 8755 Goodwood Blvd. Baton Rouge, LA 70806 225-926-4081

Garbage Service: Waste Management 15505 Industry Way, Walker, LA 70785 1-800-654-0489

EATEL East Ascension Telephone Company 225-621-4200

Charter Communication (Cable) 1-800-888-2954 Post Office French Settlement Branch Postmaster U/A 16169 Hwy. 16 French Settlement, LA 70733 225-698-3835

Permits/New Addresses Building Permits: Livingston Parish Permit Office (225) 686-3021

Sewer Permits: Livingston Parish Health Department 225-686-7017

Occupational, Liquor and Beer Licenses Licenses: French Settlement Municipal Building, CMC 225-698-6100 Contact Town Hall 225-698-6100