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Vichy

Trip Planner Europe  /  France  /  Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes  /  Allier  /  Vichy
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Vichy is a city in the Allier department in Auvergne in central France. It belongs to the historic province of Bourbonnais.It is known as a spa and resort town and was the seat of government and de facto capital of Vichy France during the World War II Nazi German occupation from 1940 to 1944. The term Vichyste indicated collaboration or sympathy with the ideology either of the Vichy regime or the German occupation, often carrying a pejorative connotation.Today, the town's inhabitants are called Vichyssois. Up until the 18th century they were more properly known as les Vichois which stems from the Occitan name of the town, Vichèi. The writer Valery Larbaud uses the term Vicaldiens after the Ancient Roman Latin name for the community, aquae calidae .ClimateThe city enjoys an inland oceanic climate that incorporates some characteristics of a mountain climate because of the nearby Massif Central and Alps. Heavy snows in the Massif Central often make roads impassable, but Vichy is low enough — about 800ft above sea level — that the climate is more continental than mountain. Rainfall is moderate around Vichy, averaging about 30 inches (75 centimeters) annually.
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