Between Cannes and Grasse, with a view across the Mediterranean landscape from the sea right up to the Pre-Alps, Mougins boasts an advantageous location and has long flourished thanks to its olive groves, vineyards and jasmine production. The most notable figure to have been born there is Commander Lamy, the explorer after whom Fort-Lamy (the capital of Chad, now N'Djamena) was named. Mougins has also had an extraordinary love affair with art, with past residents including Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau. It is a sporting town too, with 4,000 members of 40 different associations, including the handball and basketball clubs that produced, respectively, William Accambray, the World and Olympic Champion with the French national team, and Xavier Corosine, French Champion in 2013 with Nanterre. As for L'Avenir Cycliste de Mougins, Nicolas Barone, the wearer of the Tour de France's Yellow Jersey for a stage in 1957 and the winner that same year of a stage of Paris-Nice, was one of the club's presidents. Today, Daniel Watelet, the track hour record holder in the 70-74 year-old category, is the club's best ambassador.
Biot Sophia Antipolis, a town with a population of 10,000 people, is situated in the heart of the French Riviera, between Nice and Cannes and overlooks the Mediterranean. It creatively combines its heritage with its expertise in innovation and technology. Awarded the "Ville et Métiers d'Art" label, the town is renowned throughout the world for its glasswork. It is clearly a town for artists, home not only to the national Fernand Léger Museum, but also to many workshops, where ceramists, potters, painters and jewellers craft their wares. For several years now, the town, which was heir to the Knights Templar and then to the Knights of Malta, has held the Biot et les Templiers Festival which revisits its history. This year's edition will take place from 4th to 6th April. Biot is also known for Sophia Antipolis, Europe's largest science and technology park. This hive of innovation unites 1,400 companies which together represent around 30,000 direct jobs as well as positions for 5,000 students and researchers. Last but not least, nature-lovers will enjoy the nature reserve, which offers attractive walks along the River Brague as well as four beautiful golf courses.
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