Stage city for the 1st time
Canton seat in Vosges (88)
21,400 inhabitants (Déodatiens)
The home town of Jules Ferry, founder of the secular educational system that would go on to become mandatory during the Third Republic, will be part of the course of the Tour de France for the first time. Howeverm Saint-Dié-des-Vosges is also known for its International Festival of Geography, which has brought researchers, academics, teachers and amateurs geographers together since 1990. The city’s vocation for geography goes all the way back to 1507, when the American continent was named by members of the Gymnase vosgien, including Martin Waldseemüller, a German monk and cartographer who authored the first known map of the New World.