Fréjus is a coastal town on the Côte d'Azur and commune in the Var department, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southern France. It neighbours Saint-Raphael, effectively forming one town. The north of the commune forms part of the Estérel Massif. Its population in 2004 was 50,536. At the 1999 census it had an official population of 46,801 inhabitants. Its land area is 102.27 km2 (39.487 sq mi). On 2 December 1959, the Malpasset Dam, on the Reyran river above Fréjus, ruptured, killing over 400 people.