Albertville

20 years later

By hosting the 16th Winter Games Albertville wrote a new page of the Olympic history. The 1992 Olympics were Games of boldness, youth and technology. They left their mark on the region and the whole country thanks to the involvement and commitment of 8,000 enthusiastic volunteers. Twenty years later, Albertville pays homage to the event which brought to the area an unprecedented development and notoriety.

Throughout the year, associations and partners are invited to celebrate the 20 years of the Games by staging events and exhibitions.

Albertville 2030

The town has launched a far-reaching plan to renovate its equipments in the respect of environment. In the short-term, two important civil buildings will be inaugurated: a new Centre of Public finances and a House of Intercommunality. 

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Population: 19,400
Sub-prefecture of Savoie (73)Economy : Tourism, metallurgy (in Ugine), hydroelectricity, spa, food industry, commerce, transports.
Specialties : diots (sausages), Savoy cheese (beaufort), lamb, matouille (cheese specialty), fondue, taillerins (pasta).
Sport : alpine skiing, host of the 1992 Winter Olympics.
Celebrities : Jean Moulin (leader of the French Resistance), Michel Barnier (European commissioner), Jean-Claude Killy.
Festivals : Grand Bivouac (travel, October), Musical encounters (July), International Military Music Festival (summer). 

Timeline

  • Roman period

    The site is a border post at the confluents of the Arly and Isere rivers hence its name of at the time: Conflans
  • 12th century

    Hospitallers create a hospital for the travellers.
  • 1287

    – A town develops around the hospital and becomes known as L’Hopital-sous-Conflans.
  • 1836

    King Charles-Albert of Sardinia unites the towns of Conflans and L’Hopital to create the new town of Albertville.
  • 1860

    Albertville becomes a subprefecture.
  • 1925

    Jean Moulin becomes the youngest sub-prefect in France in Albertville.
  • 1992

    Albertville hosts the Winter Olympics.
One previous stage
Population: 19,400
Sub-prefecture of Savoie (73)Economy : Tourism, metallurgy (in Ugine), hydroelectricity, spa, food industry, commerce, transports.
Specialties : diots (sausages), Savoy cheese (beaufort), lamb, matouille (cheese specialty), fondue, taillerins (pasta).
Sport : alpine skiing, host of the 1992 Winter Olympics.
Celebrities : Jean Moulin (leader of the French Resistance), Michel Barnier (European commissioner), Jean-Claude Killy.
Festivals : Grand Bivouac (travel, October), Musical encounters (July), International Military Music Festival (summer). 

Albertville and cycling

The Tour riders have often passed through Albertville, a “ville vélo-touristique’’ (a city which provides riders with a welcome, services and facilities specially adapted to bicycle touring), for example to reach the Tarentaise and Beaufortain Valleys, but they have rarely stopped off there. They have more often had the opportunity to discover the Olympic city during the Critérium du Dauphiné, and in particular during the 2011 edition, when the first straight stage of the race set off from there. Several hours later, Belgium’s Jurgen Van den Broeck experienced the best moment of his young career, by winning in Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse, ahead of Joaquim Rodriguez and Cadel Evans.

In 1998, in special circumstances, the Tour podium took shape in Albertville where Jan Ullrich won ahead of Marco Pantani and Bobby Julich. Further back in time, archives reveal that an Albertville-born rider named Pierre Excoffier rode the 1920 and 1921 Tours de France. He reportedly died in Dachau.

One previous stage
Population: 19,400
Sub-prefecture of Savoie (73)Economy : Tourism, metallurgy (in Ugine), hydroelectricity, spa, food industry, commerce, transports.
Specialties : diots (sausages), Savoy cheese (beaufort), lamb, matouille (cheese specialty), fondue, taillerins (pasta).
Sport : alpine skiing, host of the 1992 Winter Olympics.
Celebrities : Jean Moulin (leader of the French Resistance), Michel Barnier (European commissioner), Jean-Claude Killy.
Festivals : Grand Bivouac (travel, October), Musical encounters (July), International Military Music Festival (summer). 

What to see

Medieval city of Conflans

Entering Conflans by the Gate of Savoy amounts to stepping into history. Streets and lanes have hardly changed since the time of the Green Count, Amadeus of Savoy. On the Roman road linking Milan to Vienne by the Petit Saint-Bernard pass, Conflans saw many a traveller: merchants, salesmen, pilgrims and soldiers.

Today, the inhabitants of Albertville and tourists love to meet up near the Garella fountain in the old town, where old shops and workshops have turned into artist studios, crafts boutiques, cafés and restaurants.

Museum of art and history  

Within the Red House medieval building, the museum tells the history of Albertville and its region through four different exhibitions. History: 2000 years are evoked from the Roman occupation to the 1992 Winter Olympics. Art: popular and religious art are displayed through several wooden sculptures from all periods. Everyday life: the typical setting of a 19th century home. Economy: from farming to winter sports, how Savoy people made the best of their environment.

House of the Winter Olympics:

Located in the old 19th century Courthouse, the House of the Winter Olympics offers a chance to relive the highlights of the 1992 Games.

One previous stage
Population: 19,400
Sub-prefecture of Savoie (73)Economy : Tourism, metallurgy (in Ugine), hydroelectricity, spa, food industry, commerce, transports.
Specialties : diots (sausages), Savoy cheese (beaufort), lamb, matouille (cheese specialty), fondue, taillerins (pasta).
Sport : alpine skiing, host of the 1992 Winter Olympics.
Celebrities : Jean Moulin (leader of the French Resistance), Michel Barnier (European commissioner), Jean-Claude Killy.
Festivals : Grand Bivouac (travel, October), Musical encounters (July), International Military Music Festival (summer). 

Jean Moulin in Albertville

Born in Languedoc, Jean Moulin began his career as a civil servant at the Savoy prefecture and kept strong ties with the region, even when duty called him up North. At only 21, just after his Law degree, he found himself chief of staff of the Savoy prefect in Chambery. A brilliant and workaholic young man, Moulin joined the local society, wrote for the local press and even held an exhibition of his paintings, being a gifted artist as well.  His many talents led him to become the youngest ever French sub-prefect when he was appointed to Albertville in 1925, at the age of 26. He would spend four years in the future Olympic town.

Shortly after his nomination, he married Marguerite Cerruty, a young woman from a wealthy Chambery family. The marriage did not last and the couple divorced in 1928 when Marguerite returned to her parents after being injured in a crash in the speedy red Amilcar GS that Moulin was driving.

An ambitious young man, the sub-prefect probably thought wedlock acted against his career plans but he stayed in friendly terms with his ex-wife. Her parents had introduced him to Pierre Cot, another up-and-coming young politician, who had just been elected Member of Parliament for Savoy. The two were keen sports fans and often went skiing together in Megeve. And when Cot was named Air Minister in 1932, he naturally took Moulin with him. The two played a major role in smuggling supplies and weapons to the Republicans during the Spanish Civil War.

For Moulin, his Albertville years were a formative period that led him to become the most celebrated hero of the French Resistance and his knowledge of the region was crucial when he started reorganising the Resistance in the area.

Arrested and tortured by the Gestapo in the summer of 1943, Moulin died in the train taking him to Berlin for questioning.

A high school in Albertville now bears his name and honours the memory of the young man who was the town sub-prefect for four years. 

One previous stage
Population: 19,400
Sub-prefecture of Savoie (73)Economy : Tourism, metallurgy (in Ugine), hydroelectricity, spa, food industry, commerce, transports.
Specialties : diots (sausages), Savoy cheese (beaufort), lamb, matouille (cheese specialty), fondue, taillerins (pasta).
Sport : alpine skiing, host of the 1992 Winter Olympics.
Celebrities : Jean Moulin (leader of the French Resistance), Michel Barnier (European commissioner), Jean-Claude Killy.
Festivals : Grand Bivouac (travel, October), Musical encounters (July), International Military Music Festival (summer). 
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