Saint-Étienne

A territory in the making

Besides the clichés of football and the pit, St Etienne is now again a town in the making. The symbol of this mutation is the former arms manufacture of St Etienne which is now home to the Cité du Design. St Etienne is now a national reference in terms of design and the Cité holds every two years in March the International Design Biennale, a landmark event internationally for both professionals and the public.
La Cité also made it possible for St Etienne to become the only French town included in the Unesco network of creative cities for design along with Montreal, Shanghai or Buenos Aires. Design thus became a leading factor of rehabilitation and economic growth. It has to be reminded that design has always been a natural vocation in town. Its reputation in the trades of weapons and ribbons led to a high level of research in the field. From its industrial savoir-faire, St Etienne drew a new creativity and the means of its transformation into something unique.

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Stage town for the 25th time
Loire (42)
Population : 180,000 inhabitants (Stéphanois), 400,000 inhabitants in the 45 communes of the agglomeration community of Saint-Étienne Métropole
Economy : Global headquarters of Casino, largest private company in the Rhône – Alpes region
Culture : Comédie de Saint-Étienne (National dramatic centre, founded by Jean Dasté in 1947), Museum of the Mine, Museum of Art and Industry (weapons, cycles et ribbon collection). Festivals: Piano Passion, New Century, Massenet International Biennial, Celtic Rocks (music and dance)
Sport : athletics (club Coquelicot 42), tir à la sarbacane (blowpipe) (regional discipline with about 350 enthusiasts), water sports at Saint-Victor-sur-Loire (sailing school, marina, boat cruises), hiking, mountain biking, skiing and via ferrata (climbing route) in the Regional Nature Park of Pilat. Events: SaintéLyon (foot race largely at night between the two towns), BMX Indoor international
Specialities : apples and blueberries from Pilat, ribbonry and medical textiles
Sustainable Development : the oldest tramway in France, created in 1881
Labels : City of Art and History for its industrial heritage from the XIX and XX centuries, UNESCO City of design, Child Friendly Town

Love-hate relationship LeMond - Hinault

Shunned by the Tour before the war because of its central location in France, St Etienne was then visited 22 times since 1950 and several feats took place in the old capital of the bicycle. The names of stage winners in town (Geminiani, Bobet, Hinault, Herrera or Zoetemelk) suffice to tell the tale. One of the most memorable moments of the Tour in St Etienne took place in 1986 when the love-hate relationship between Greg LeMond and “team-mate” Bernard Hinault reached a climax. The individual time trial on the penultimate day saw the Badger win his 28th and last Tour stage but his lead over his American leader was too slim – 25 seconds – for him to challenge his team-mate and go for a 6th overall victory. The handing of the baton was not as smooth as planned and LeMond, who crashed during the stage, even hinted at sabotage from his team in favour of Hinault. But the Frenchman always claimed he had made an agreement to let LeMond become the first American winner of the Tour and that he stuck to his pledge.

Stage town for the 25th time
Loire (42)
Population : 180,000 inhabitants (Stéphanois), 400,000 inhabitants in the 45 communes of the agglomeration community of Saint-Étienne Métropole
Economy : Global headquarters of Casino, largest private company in the Rhône – Alpes region
Culture : Comédie de Saint-Étienne (National dramatic centre, founded by Jean Dasté in 1947), Museum of the Mine, Museum of Art and Industry (weapons, cycles et ribbon collection). Festivals: Piano Passion, New Century, Massenet International Biennial, Celtic Rocks (music and dance)
Sport : athletics (club Coquelicot 42), tir à la sarbacane (blowpipe) (regional discipline with about 350 enthusiasts), water sports at Saint-Victor-sur-Loire (sailing school, marina, boat cruises), hiking, mountain biking, skiing and via ferrata (climbing route) in the Regional Nature Park of Pilat. Events: SaintéLyon (foot race largely at night between the two towns), BMX Indoor international
Specialities : apples and blueberries from Pilat, ribbonry and medical textiles
Sustainable Development : the oldest tramway in France, created in 1881
Labels : City of Art and History for its industrial heritage from the XIX and XX centuries, UNESCO City of design, Child Friendly Town

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Places to see

Gorges of the Loire

The construction in 1957 on the Loire of the Grangent dam gave birth to a powerful and wild fjord of 25 kilometres now listed as a natural reserve. Scientific surveys identified 439 species of butterflies, eight species of reptiles and nine amphibians on the site. Overlooking the gorges, the disused castle of Essalois watches over the water.

La Manu creative area

Around Cité du Design, the new creative area of La Manu (short for Manufacture) received an environmental label in 2011 (Eco-quartier) and is a fine example of the new-look St Etienne. Next to Cité du Design, built by architects Finn Geipel and Giulia Andi, are exhibition halls, research and training centres on design as well as the Superior School for Art and Design of St Etienne (ESADSE).

St Etienne main street and its tramway

Born in Italy, Pierre-Antoine Dalgabio became in 1790 the town's urban designer and he rethought the plan of the city completely to make it more functional. St Etienne became organised around a 7-kms long straight cutting the city from North to South. The idea was to make public transport easier and the industrial growth helped. Since December 4, 1881, the Grand Rue (main street) is home to a tramway line, which has never stopped since, a unique case in France. At first, the cars were pulled by horse, then steam took over before electricity became the norm.

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Stage town for the 25th time
Loire (42)
Population : 180,000 inhabitants (Stéphanois), 400,000 inhabitants in the 45 communes of the agglomeration community of Saint-Étienne Métropole
Economy : Global headquarters of Casino, largest private company in the Rhône – Alpes region
Culture : Comédie de Saint-Étienne (National dramatic centre, founded by Jean Dasté in 1947), Museum of the Mine, Museum of Art and Industry (weapons, cycles et ribbon collection). Festivals: Piano Passion, New Century, Massenet International Biennial, Celtic Rocks (music and dance)
Sport : athletics (club Coquelicot 42), tir à la sarbacane (blowpipe) (regional discipline with about 350 enthusiasts), water sports at Saint-Victor-sur-Loire (sailing school, marina, boat cruises), hiking, mountain biking, skiing and via ferrata (climbing route) in the Regional Nature Park of Pilat. Events: SaintéLyon (foot race largely at night between the two towns), BMX Indoor international
Specialities : apples and blueberries from Pilat, ribbonry and medical textiles
Sustainable Development : the oldest tramway in France, created in 1881
Labels : City of Art and History for its industrial heritage from the XIX and XX centuries, UNESCO City of design, Child Friendly Town

Web sites

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