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Annonay

commune in Ardèche, France

Annonay is a town and commune in the north part of the Ardèche département of France. This commune has the most people living in it of the Ardèche département, although it is not the préfecture, which is the smaller town of Privas.

Annonay
Annonay, vue générale.JPG
Coat of arms of Annonay
Coat of arms
Annonay is located in France
Annonay
Annonay
Location within Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region
Annonay is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Annonay
Annonay
Coordinates: 45°14′27″N 4°40′17″E / 45.2408333333°N 4.67138888889°E / 45.2408333333; 4.67138888889Coordinates: 45°14′27″N 4°40′17″E / 45.2408333333°N 4.67138888889°E / 45.2408333333; 4.67138888889
CountryFrance
RegionAuvergne-Rhône-Alpes
DepartmentArdèche
ArrondissementTournon-sur-Rhône
IntercommunalityBassin d'Annonay
Government
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Olivier Dussopt
Area
1
21.20 km2 (8.19 sq mi)
Population
 (2012)2
15,383
 • Density730/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
07010 /07100
Elevation270–746 m (886–2,448 ft)
(avg. 358 m or 1,175 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

GeographyEdit

Annonay lies a few kilometers away from the river Rhône, 75 km south of Lyon and 40 from Saint-Étienne.

HistoryEdit

The town's name is possibly of Roman beginnings.

On June 4, 1783, Annonay was the place where the Montgolfier brothers made their first public unmanned hot air balloon flight.

On March 8, 2001, an ETA terrorist suspect was arrested at a roadblock.

Twin townsEdit

Annonay's twin towns include:

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