The native town of Jules Ferry, founder of the secular school that was made mandatory during the 3rd Republic will be on the Tour de France map for the first time. But Saint-Dié-des-Vosges is also known for its International Geography Festival that gathers since 1990 researchers, academics, teachers and amateurs of the discipline. The city’s vocation for geography found its origin at the baptism of America in 1507 by the members of the Gymnase vosgien including Martin Waldseemüller, a German monk and cartographer who was the designer of the first known map of the New World.

The prefecture of the Haut-Rhin area was the birthplace of Auguste Bartholdi, the man who gave the American democracy a face when he designed the Statue of Liberty. In terms of sports, the city is known for the exploits accomplished by the walkers of the Paris-Colmar race, a key event of the discipline now renamed Paris-Ribeauvilllé. In 2009, Heinrich Haussler had also witnessed glory when he won, alone and under the rain a stage finishing in Colmar.

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