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Annecy-le-Vieux

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Annecy-le-Vieux is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in southeastern France.It is the fourth-largest town in Haute-Savoie in terms of population, and is located on the northeastern shore of Lake Annecy. It is essentially a residential suburb of Annecy, being less than 3 km from its centre, and is sometimes known at the "16th arrondissement" of Annecy.The mayor, Bernard Accoyer, is serving his second term. A doctor by profession, he is also the député of the district and has been president of the UMP group in the Assemblée nationale since 2002.GeographyThe commune is 50% urbanised with 33 hectares of public forest, and 50% agricultural and forests.The commune is located on the foothills of Mount Veyrier (1,291 m), on a moraine at the junction of two old large glaciers.The Fier forms most of the commune's northern border.HistoryThe shores of Lake Annecy have been occupied since at least 4000 BCE. A Gallic tribe, the Allobroges, occupied the area in pre-Roman times: the Allobroges were conquered by the Roman legions in 62 BCE. The area was then colonised by Rome, which founded the town of Boutae (later Annecy) in 50 BCE. The town was at a strategic crossroads of three Roman roads across the Alps (to Italy, to Geneva, and to Vienna), and grew rapidly to a population of several thousand. Roman villas are found in the surrounding countryside.
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