Prefecture of Haute-Savoie (74)

New municipality created on 1 January 2017 uniting the towns of Annecy, Annecy-le-Vieux, Cran- Gevrier, Meythet, Pringy and Seynod

129,600 inhabitants (Annéciens)

Web site : www.annecy.fr

Cycling: 120km of bike lanes. Velonecy (bike hire)

Economy: Digital and multimedia, outdoor industry, food and agriculture, tourism, university campus (14,500 students at the Savoie-Mont Blanc University). The Carrefour retail group was created in Annecy in 1959

Culture: Château (12th century), Palais de l’Isle (12th century), Saint- Pierre Cathedral (16th century), Church of Notre-Dame-de-Liesse (17th century), Church of Saint-Maurice (15th century), old town, Arcadium arts centre, Bonlieu theatre. Events: International Animated Film Festival and Market, Fête du lac (firework display attracting 100,000 spectators), Noctibules (street theatre and arts), Retour des Alpages (return of animals from mountain pastures)

Sport: 26,000 licence-holders within 180 associations (rowing, gymnastics, ice hockey, canoeing, figure skating, sailing). Events: Étape du Tour Annecy > Le Grand-Bornand, International Lake Marathon, international volleyball tournament. Athletes: Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (cycling), Christophe Lemaitre (athletics), Benjamin Daviet (crosscountry skiing, biathlon, 2018 Paralympic medallist)

Gastronomy:Tartiflette, fondue, diots (sausages), roseaux du lac (chocolate and liqueur)

Distinctions:City of art and history, active and sporting city, partner city with French ski and snowboard teams, four-star floral town

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