© Givors Town//Panoramic view
20,000 inhabitants (Givordins)
Close to the Lyon agglomeration and the northern gateway to the Pilat Regional Park, Givors – at the crossroads of the Rhône and the Gier - forms the link between Lyon and Saint-Étienne. The town, which has undergone a comprehensive economic, urban and population renewal, now boasts a substantial range of facilities and public services. Dynamic and sports-oriented, the careers of a number of top class sportsmen and women took off in this town: Djamel Bouras (judo), Sylvain Marconnet and Pascal Papé (rugby) as well as Khaled Lemmouchia (football) all learned the ropes round in their chosen field thanks to a proactive sports policy which today accounts for 11% of the local authority’s budget. Stout-hearted and resilient, the history of Givors is woven from the major battles and revolutions which have unfolded in its territories. The hospitable and cosmopolitan town has also forged international links through a twinning programme that includes Aïn Benian (Algeria), Dobëln (Germany), Novopolostk (Belarus), Orvieto (Italy) and Gavinané (Mali).
© La Clayette Town//The château
2,000 inhabitants (Clayettois)
The town of La Clayette (pronounced la clayte) lies to the south of the Burgundy region, 40 km from Roanne and 60 km from Mâcon. It borders a lake at the far end of which rises a picturesque château built in 1380 and famous for its dungeon. “A city of horses”, La Clayette hosts a number of renowned equestrian events. However, this community stands out mainly for its special relationship with Charolais cattle and is currently working to obtain UNESCO World Heritage classification for the Charolais-Brionnais pastures. 128 other communes in the area are involved in this project which supports the value of local traditions in a region which was awarded the label "Pays d’Art et d’Histoire" (Town of Art and History) by the Ministry of Culture in 2007. Known for its rich, high quality local gastronomy – Dufoux chocolates, the AOC “Boeuf de Charolles” or the “Charolais” goats’ cheeses – La Clayette is also proud to welcome visitors to the Museum of Wool and the Museum of Ancient Crafts.