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Saorge

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Saorge is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France. Highway E74 which runs north from Menton, passes through Saorge on its way to the Col de Tende where it crosses into Italy.The region belonged to the old County of Nice. From 1388 to 1860 Saorge was part of Sardinia-Piedmont when it was ceded to France. In June 1793 the armies of the First French Republic and Sardinia clashed here. In the Battle of Saorgio on 24 - 28 April 1794, the French wrested the town from the Piedmontese. The town was returned to Sardinia-Piedmont after the overthrow of Napoleon Bonaparte.From the French Revolution to the First EmpireIn 1792, the announcement of the presence of French revolutionary troops at Saint-Laurent-du-Var caused a panic in Nice. The administration of the County of Nice along with several branches of the government fled Nice to take shelter in Saorge. On September 18 of that year, the Sardinian troops departed Nice without fighting the French emigrants. Militia groups inhabited Saorge and Fontan Berghe and were created to fight the French troops in the Massif Authion.To access Saorge from the valley of Vésubie Ruas, one must cross the pass in the Authion, and travel down through the valley of Cayros (or Cairos). Two mission representatives asked the General Brunet to launch an attack against the Austro-Sardinian troops commanded by General Thaon Revel in June and July 1793. The French troops were inexperienced, and suffered a loss costing 3,200 men. General Revel was responsible for this failure, and was sentenced to death and executed.
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