Alpes-Maritimes
Overview
 
Alpes-Maritimes is a department in the extreme southeast corner of France.
was created by Octavian as a Roman
Ancient Rome
Ancient Rome was a thriving civilization that grew on the Italian Peninsula as early as the 8th century BC. Located along the Mediterranean Sea and centered on the city of Rome, it expanded to one of the largest empires in the ancient world....

 military district in 14 BC
Anno Domini
and Before Christ are designations used to label or number years used with the Julian and Gregorian calendars....

, and became a full Roman province in the middle of the 1st century with its capital first at Cemenelum (today Cimiez
Cimiez
Cimiez is a neighborhood in Nice, southern France. The area contains the Musée Matisse and the ruins of Cemenelum, capital of the Ancient Roman province Alpes Maritimae on the Ligurian coast...

, a neighborhood in Nice
Nice
Nice is the fifth most populous city in France, after Paris, Marseille, Lyon and Toulouse, with a population of 348,721 within its administrative limits on a land area of . The urban area of Nice extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of more than 955,000 on an area of...

) and subsequently at Embrun
Embrun, Hautes-Alpes
Embrun is a commune in the Hautes-Alpes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.-Description:...

. At its greatest extent in AD 297 , the province reached north to Digne and Briançon
Briançon
Briançon a commune in the Hautes-Alpes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. It is a sub-prefecture of the department....

.

A first French of Alpes-Maritimes existed in the same area from 1793 to 1814.
Encyclopedia
Alpes-Maritimes is a department in the extreme southeast corner of France.

History

was created by Octavian as a Roman
Ancient Rome
Ancient Rome was a thriving civilization that grew on the Italian Peninsula as early as the 8th century BC. Located along the Mediterranean Sea and centered on the city of Rome, it expanded to one of the largest empires in the ancient world....

 military district in 14 BC
Anno Domini
and Before Christ are designations used to label or number years used with the Julian and Gregorian calendars....

, and became a full Roman province in the middle of the 1st century with its capital first at Cemenelum (today Cimiez
Cimiez
Cimiez is a neighborhood in Nice, southern France. The area contains the Musée Matisse and the ruins of Cemenelum, capital of the Ancient Roman province Alpes Maritimae on the Ligurian coast...

, a neighborhood in Nice
Nice
Nice is the fifth most populous city in France, after Paris, Marseille, Lyon and Toulouse, with a population of 348,721 within its administrative limits on a land area of . The urban area of Nice extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of more than 955,000 on an area of...

) and subsequently at Embrun
Embrun, Hautes-Alpes
Embrun is a commune in the Hautes-Alpes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.-Description:...

. At its greatest extent in AD 297 , the province reached north to Digne and Briançon
Briançon
Briançon a commune in the Hautes-Alpes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. It is a sub-prefecture of the department....

.

A first French of Alpes-Maritimes existed in the same area from 1793 to 1814. Its boundaries differed from those of the modern department, however. In 1793 Alpes-Maritimes included Monaco
Monaco
Monaco , officially the Principality of Monaco , is a sovereign city state on the French Riviera. It is bordered on three sides by its neighbour, France, and its centre is about from Italy. Its area is with a population of 35,986 as of 2011 and is the most densely populated country in the...

 and San Remo
Sanremo
Sanremo or San Remo is a city with about 57,000 inhabitants on the Mediterranean coast of western Liguria in north-western Italy. Founded in Roman times, the city is best known as a tourist destination on the Italian Riviera. It hosts numerous cultural events, such as the Sanremo Music Festival...

, but not Grasse
Grasse
-See also:*Route Napoléon*Ancient Diocese of Grasse*Communes of the Alpes-Maritimes department-External links:*...

 which was then part of the of Var.

The department was reconstituted in 1860 when the county of Nice
County of Nice
The County of Nice or Niçard Country is a historical region of France, located in the south-eastern part, around the city of Nice.-History:Its territory lies between the Mediterranean Sea , Var River and the southernmost crest of the...

 was annexed
Treaty of Turin
The Treaty of Turin concluded on March 24, 1860 is the instrument by which the Duchy of Savoy and the County of Nice were annexed to France.-Background:...

 to France. It included the county of Nice as well as the previously (at least nominally) independent towns of Menton
Menton
Menton is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.Situated on the French Riviera, along the Franco-Italian border, it is nicknamed la perle de la France ....

 and Roquebrune
Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
Roquebrune-Cap-Martin is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France between Monaco and Menton. The name was changed from Roquebrune to differentiate the town from Roquebrune-sur-Argens in the neighboring Var Department.-History:In pre-Roman times the area was settled by the...

, and the arrondissement
Arrondissements of France
The 101 French departments are divided into 342 arrondissements, which may be translated into English as districts.The capital of an arrondissement/district is called a subprefecture...

 of Grasse
Grasse
-See also:*Route Napoléon*Ancient Diocese of Grasse*Communes of the Alpes-Maritimes department-External links:*...

 in the department of Var.

In 1947, following the Treaty of Paris and a referendum
Referendum
A referendum is a direct vote in which an entire electorate is asked to either accept or reject a particular proposal. This may result in the adoption of a new constitution, a constitutional amendment, a law, the recall of an elected official or simply a specific government policy. It is a form of...

 in the affected areas, the department was enlarged by the addition of the communes
Communes of France
The commune is the lowest level of administrative division in the French Republic. French communes are roughly equivalent to incorporated municipalities or villages in the United States or Gemeinden in Germany...

 of Tende
Tende
Tende is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France.-Geography:Tende is located within Mercantour National Park in the French Alps. The mountainous commune is bordered by Italy to the north, with the boundary determined by the watershed line between the two countries...

 and La Brigue
La Brigue
La Brigue is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France.Brigue became part of France after the World War II, when Italy was forced to hand it over in September 1947 under the terms of the 1947 Peace of Paris. Before the hand over, it was part of Province of Cuneo...

, which had remained Italian
Italy
Italy , officially the Italian Republic languages]] under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. In each of these, Italy's official name is as follows:;;;;;;;;), is a unitary parliamentary republic in South-Central Europe. To the north it borders France, Switzerland, Austria and...

 after the 1860 annexation, as well as by other minor adjustments to the Franco-Italian border.

Overview

The department is surrounded by the French departments of Var, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Italy and the principality of Monaco to the east, and the Mediterranean
Mediterranean Sea
The Mediterranean Sea is a sea connected to the Atlantic Ocean surrounded by the Mediterranean region and almost completely enclosed by land: on the north by Anatolia and Europe, on the south by North Africa, and on the east by the Levant...

 to the south.

Alpes-Maritimes includes the famous French Riviera
French Riviera
The Côte d'Azur, pronounced , often known in English as the French Riviera , is the Mediterranean coastline of the southeast corner of France, also including the sovereign state of Monaco...

 coastline on the Mediterranean Sea with the important towns and cities of Cannes, Nice, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat , Italian: San Giovanni Capo Ferrato, is a commune of the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France.It is located on a peninsula next to Beaulieu-sur-Mer and to Villefranche-sur-Mer and extends out to Cap Ferrat...

, and Antibes
Antibes
Antibes is a resort town in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France.It lies on the Mediterranean in the Côte d'Azur, located between Cannes and Nice. The town of Juan-les-Pins is within the commune of Antibes...

.

The area is mountainous right down to the coast. This Southern area of the Alps
Alps
The Alps is one of the great mountain range systems of Europe, stretching from Austria and Slovenia in the east through Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Germany to France in the west....

 is termed the Maritime Alps
Maritime Alps
The Maritime Alps are a mountain range in the southwestern part of the Alps. They form the border between the French département Alpes-Maritimes and the Italian province of Cuneo. The Col de Tende separates them from the Ligurian Alps; the Maddalena Pass separates them from the Cottian Alps...

.
Rivers include the following:>
  • Var
    Var River
    The Var is a river located in the southeast of France. The name Var originates from the Ligurian word for waterway.The Var flows through the Alpes-Maritimes département for most of its length, with a short stretch in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence département...

  • Aigue Blanche
    Aigue Blanche
    The Aigue Blanche is a short mountain river that flows through the Alpes-Maritimes department of southeastern France. Its source is in the Maritime Alps, and it flows into the river Tuébi in the village Péone.-References:...

  • Barlatte
    Barlatte
    The Barlatte is a short mountain river that flows through the Alpes-Maritimes department of southeastern France. Its source is in the Maritime Alps, and it flows into the river Var near Guillaumes.-References:*http://www.geoportail.fr*...

  • Basséra
    Basséra
    The Basséra is a short mountain river that flows through the Alpes-Maritimes department of southeastern France. Its source is in the Maritime Alps, and it flows into the river Bévéra, itself a tributary of the Roya, near Sospel.-References:...

  • Bendola
    Bendola
    The Bendola is a river that flows through the Alpes-Maritimes department of southeastern France. It is a left tributary of the Roya. Its source is in the Ligurian Alps, east of Saorge, near the border with Italy. It discharges into the river Roya near Saorge....

  • Bévéra
    Bévéra
    The Bévéra or Bevera is a river of southeastern France and northwestern Italy. Its source is in the Maritime Alps, near Moulinet in the French Alpes-Maritimes department. It flows generally southeast, through Sospel, crosses the Italian border and discharges into the river Roya, near Ventimiglia...

  • Borrigo
    Borrigo
    The Borrigo is a river that flows through the Alpes-Maritimes department of southeastern France. Its source is in Sainte-Agnès, and it flows into the Mediterranean Sea in Menton.-References:*http://www.geoportail.fr*...

  • Bourdous
    Bourdous
    The Bourdous is a short mountain river that flows through the Alpes-Maritimes department of southeastern France. Its source is in the Maritime Alps, and it flows into the river Var in Entraunes.-References:*http://www.geoportail.fr*...

  • Bouyon
    Bouyon River
    The Bouyon is a river that flows through the Alpes-Maritimes department of southeastern France. It flows into the river Estéron near the village Bouyon.-References:*http://www.geoportail.fr*...

  • Brague
    Brague
    The Brague is a river in the département of Alpes-Maritimes and the région of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur in France. The Brague takes its source near Châteauneuf and ends in the Mediterranean Sea near Antibes....

  • Cagne
    Cagne
    The Cagne is a river that flows through the Alpes-Maritimes department of southeastern France. Its source is near Coursegoules, and it flows into the Mediterranean Sea in Cagnes-sur-Mer.-References:*http://www.geoportail.fr*...

  • Carei
    Carei River
    The Carei is a river that flows through the Alpes-Maritimes department of southeastern France. Its source is near Castillon, and it flows into the Mediterranean Sea in Menton.-References:*http://www.geoportail.fr*...

  • Chalvagne
    Chalvagne
    The Chalvagne is a mountain river that flows through the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department of southeastern France. Its source is in Val-de-Chalvagne, and it flows into the Var in Entrevaux.-References:*http://www.geoportail.fr*...

  • Cians
    Cians
    The Cians is a mountain river that flows through the Alpes-Maritimes department of southeastern France. Its source is in the mountains north of Beuil, and it flows into the Var in Touët-sur-Var.The Cians flows though the following communes:...

  • Cianavelle
    Cianavelle
    The Cianavelle is a short mountain river that flows through the Alpes-Maritimes department of southeastern France. It flows into the Cians near Rigaud.The Cianavelle flows through the communes of: Auvare, Puget-Rostang, Rigaud.-References:...

  • Coulomp
    Coulomp
    The Coulomp is a mountain river that flows through the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department of southeastern France. Its source is near the village Aurent, part of the commune Castellet-lès-Sausses. It flows into the Var in Saint-Benoît.-References:...

  • Estéron
    Estéron
    The Estéron is a river that flows through the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and Alpes-Maritimes departments of southeastern France. Its source is near Soleilhas. It flows generally east, through Roquesteron, and flows into the Var in Saint-Martin-du-Var....

  • Fontanalba
  • Gorbio
    Gorbio River
    The Gorbio River is a short river that flows through the Alpes-Maritimes department of southeastern France. Its source is between the small towns Peille and Gorbio. It flows into the Mediterranean Sea at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin.-References:...

  • Gordolasque
    Gordolasque
    The Gordolasque is a mountain river that flows from the Mercantour National Park in the Alpes-Maritimes department of southeastern France. Its source is in the Maritime Alps, near the Italian border...

  • Guercha
  • Lévensa
  • Loup
    Loup River (France)
    The Loup is a river in the Alpes-Maritimes département, France. With a length of 49 km, it ends in the Mediterranean Sea in Villeneuve-Loubet, near Cagnes-sur-Mer...

  • Lubiane
    Lubiane
    The Lubiane is a small river that flows through the Alpes-Maritimes department of southeastern France. It flows entirely within the town of Vence. It is a right tributary of the Cagne.-References:*http://www.geoportail.fr*...

  • Maglia
    Maglia
    The Maglia is a small mountain river that flows through the Alpes-Maritimes department of southeastern France. It flows into the Roya River near Breil-sur-Roya.-References:*http://www.geoportail.fr*...

  • Magnan
    Magnan River
    The Magnan is a small river that flows through the Alpes-Maritimes department of southeastern France. Its source is in Aspremont, and it flows into the Mediterranean Sea in Nice.-References:*http://www.geoportail.fr*...

  • Malvan
    Malvan River
    The Malvan is a small river that flows through the Alpes-Maritimes department of southeastern France. Its source is in Vence, and it flows into the Cagne in Cagnes-sur-Mer.-References:*http://www.geoportail.fr*...

  • Mayola
  • Minière
    Minière
    The Minière is a short mountain river that flows through the Alpes-Maritimes department of southeastern France. It flows into the Bieugne west of Tende, where a dam forms the Lac des Mesches.-References:*http://www.geoportail.fr*...

  • Paillon
    Paillon
    The Paillon is a coastal river of the Alpes-Maritimes that flows into the Mediterranean Sea in Nice, near the old district. Its source is north of Lucéram...

  • Raton
    Raton River
    The Raton is a short mountain river that flows through the Alpes-Maritimes department of southeastern France. It flows into the Cians north of Rigaud.It flows from west to east along the following communes:* north side: Guillaumes, Beuil...

  • Réfréi
    Réfrei
    The Réfréi is a river that flows through the Alpes-Maritimes department of southeastern France. It flows into the Roya River in Tende.-References:*http://www.geoportail.fr*...

  • Rioulan
  • Roudoule
    Roudoule
    The Roudoule is a twelve kilometres long river that flows through the Alpes-Maritimes department of south-eastern France. It flows into the Var in Puget-Théniers.-References:*http://www.geoportail.fr*...

  • Roya
    Roya River
    The Roya , Roia , or Ròia is a 59 km river of France and Italy.The river rises in French territory near the Col de Tende and flows through the Mercantour National Park The river passes through the communes of Tende, Saorge, Breil-sur-Roya, La Brigue, before entering Italy in the commune of...

  • Siagne
    Siagne
    The Siagne is a river that flows through the Var and Alpes-Maritimes departments of southeastern France. For much of its length, it forms the border between the two departments. Its source is near Escragnolles...

  • Tinée
    Tinée
    The Tinée is a river that flows through the Alpes-Maritimes department of southeastern France. Its source is on the east side of the Col de la Bonette, in the Maritime Alps. It flows through Saint-Étienne-de-Tinée, Isola and Saint-Sauveur-sur-Tinée, and it flows into the Var near Utelle.-External...

  • Valmasque
    Valmasque
    The Valmasque is a small river that flows through the Alpes-Maritimes department of southeastern France. It flows into the Brague in Biot.-References:*http://www.geoportail.fr*...

  • Vésubie
    Vésubie
    The Vésubie is a river located in the southeast of France. It is a left tributary of the Var River in the Maritime Alps. The source is in the Mercantour National park near the border with Italy. The river flows through the town of Saint-Martin-Vésubie which is a major center for hiking...

  • Vionène
    Vionène
    The Vionène is a small river that flows through the Alpes-Maritimes department of southeastern France. It flows into the Tinée in Saint-Sauveur-sur-Tinée.-References:*http://www.geoportail.fr*...


  • Subdivision

    Alpes-Maritimes is divided into 2 arrondissements (Grasse
    Arrondissement of Grasse
    The arrondissement of Grasse is an arrondissement of France, located in the Alpes-Maritimes department, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region...

     and Nice
    Arrondissement of Nice
    The arrondissement of Nice is an arrondissement of France, located in the Alpes-Maritimes department, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region...

    ), 52 cantons and 163 municipalities (communes).

    In 2002 they were created 14 intercommunalities (Intercommunalité). 4 of them are metropolitan: 3 agglomeration communities (Pôle Azur Provence, Riviera Française and Sophia Antipolis) and 1 urban community (Nice-Côte d'Azur). The other 10 are Communauté de communes
    Communauté de communes
    A communauté de communes is a federation of municipalities in France. It forms a framework within which local tasks are carried out together...

    : Vallée de l'Estéron, Monts d'Azur, Pays des Paillons, Coteaux d'Azur, Vallées d'Azur, Tinée, Cians Var, Stations du Mercantour, Terres de Siagne and Vésubie Mercantour.

    Below it is shown a list of most populated places of the department:
    • Nice
      Nice
      Nice is the fifth most populous city in France, after Paris, Marseille, Lyon and Toulouse, with a population of 348,721 within its administrative limits on a land area of . The urban area of Nice extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of more than 955,000 on an area of...

       (348,721)
    • Antibes
      Antibes
      Antibes is a resort town in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France.It lies on the Mediterranean in the Côte d'Azur, located between Cannes and Nice. The town of Juan-les-Pins is within the commune of Antibes...

       (76,778)
    • Cannes
      Cannes
      Cannes is one of the best-known cities of the French Riviera, a busy tourist destination and host of the annual Cannes Film Festival. It is a Commune of France in the Alpes-Maritimes department....

       (71,790)
    • Grasse
      Grasse
      -See also:*Route Napoléon*Ancient Diocese of Grasse*Communes of the Alpes-Maritimes department-External links:*...

       (51,294)
    • Cagnes-sur-Mer
      Cagnes-sur-Mer
      Cagnes-sur-Mer is a commune of the Alpes-Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.-Geography:It is the largest suburb of the city of Nice and lies to the west-southwest of it, about from the center.-History:...

       (49,551)
    • Le Cannet
      Le Cannet
      Le Cannet is a commune of the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France.-Location:Le Cannet is located on the north of Cannes, on the French Riviera...

       (42,596)
    • Vallauris
      Vallauris
      Vallauris is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. It is located in the metropolitan area of Sophia-Antipolis, and is today effectively an extension of the town of Antibes, bordering it on its west side.-Population:-Culture:In...

       (30,839)
    • Saint-Laurent-du-Var
      Saint-Laurent-du-Var
      Saint-Laurent-du-Var is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region on the French Riviera.-History:The town was founded in the 11th century when an hospice was founded under Saint Lawrence's protection...

       (30,605)
    • Menton
      Menton
      Menton is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.Situated on the French Riviera, along the Franco-Italian border, it is nicknamed la perle de la France ....

       (29,129)
    • Mandelieu-la-Napoule
      Mandelieu-la-Napoule
      Mandelieu-La Napoule is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France, located on the French Riviera just to the southwest of Cannes and northeast of Théoule-sur-Mer....

       (20,889)
    • Mougins
      Mougins
      Mougins is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France.It is located on the heights of Cannes, in the district of Grasse. Mougins is a 15-minute drive from Cannes. The village is surrounded by forests, such as the Valmasque forest...

       (20,250)
    • Vence
      Vence
      Vence is a commune set in the hills of the Alpes Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France between Nice and Antibes.-Population:-Sights:...

       (19,659)

    Economy

    The economy is largely driven by tourism. Nice is second only to Paris in the number and size of its hotels. Because of the mild climate, it is a year-round tourist attraction.

    Other notable industry includes the perfume industry in Grasse
    Grasse
    -See also:*Route Napoléon*Ancient Diocese of Grasse*Communes of the Alpes-Maritimes department-External links:*...

     and high-tech industry around Sophia-Antipolis.

    Demographics

    The inhabitants of the department are called Maralpins, but are usually referred as Azuréens (inhabitants of the Côte d'Azur)

    When Nice
    Nice
    Nice is the fifth most populous city in France, after Paris, Marseille, Lyon and Toulouse, with a population of 348,721 within its administrative limits on a land area of . The urban area of Nice extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of more than 955,000 on an area of...

     became French in 1860, it was still a small town; the department had fewer than 200,000 inhabitants. However, the population grew quickly from 300,000 at the beginning of the 20th century to over a million. The population is aging because of the number of retirees who move to the coast.

    The population is now concentrated in the urban region that includes Antibes
    Antibes
    Antibes is a resort town in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France.It lies on the Mediterranean in the Côte d'Azur, located between Cannes and Nice. The town of Juan-les-Pins is within the commune of Antibes...

    , Cannes
    Cannes
    Cannes is one of the best-known cities of the French Riviera, a busy tourist destination and host of the annual Cannes Film Festival. It is a Commune of France in the Alpes-Maritimes department....

    , Grasse
    Grasse
    -See also:*Route Napoléon*Ancient Diocese of Grasse*Communes of the Alpes-Maritimes department-External links:*...

    , Nice, and Menton
    Menton
    Menton is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.Situated on the French Riviera, along the Franco-Italian border, it is nicknamed la perle de la France ....

    , and which constitutes 90% of the total population.

    The area is also known for its extremely large population of people of Italian descent. As much as 40% of the population of the Alpes-Maritimes list their ancestry as solely Italian, and about 80% can trace some of their ancestry to Italy.

    Politics

    The President of the General Council is Éric Ciotti
    Éric Ciotti
    Éric Ciotti is a member of the National Assembly of France. He represents the Alpes-Maritimes department, and is a member of the Union for a Popular Movement. He is also the President of the general council for the Alpes-Maritimes département since December 2008.-References:...

     of the Union for a Popular Movement
    Union for a Popular Movement
    The Union for a Popular Movement is a centre-right political party in France, and one of the two major contemporary political parties in the country along with the center-left Socialist Party...

    . The UMP's majority on the general council is one of the largest majorities in any such institution in France.
    Party seats
    Union for a Popular Movement
    Union for a Popular Movement
    The Union for a Popular Movement is a centre-right political party in France, and one of the two major contemporary political parties in the country along with the center-left Socialist Party...

     
    38
    Socialist Party
    Socialist Party (France)
    The Socialist Party is a social-democratic political party in France and the largest party of the French centre-left. It is one of the two major contemporary political parties in France, along with the center-right Union for a Popular Movement...

     
    3
    Miscellaneous Right 3
    French Communist Party
    French Communist Party
    The French Communist Party is a political party in France which advocates the principles of communism.Although its electoral support has declined in recent decades, the PCF retains a large membership, behind only that of the Union for a Popular Movement , and considerable influence in French...

     
    3
    Miscellaneous Left 2
    The Greens
    The Greens (France)
    The Greens were a Green political party to the centre-left of the political spectrum in France. They had officially been in existence since 1984, but their spiritual roots could be traced as far back as René Dumont’s candidacy for the presidency in 1974...

     
    1
    Ecologist 1
    New Centre
    New Centre
    New Centre , also known as the European Social Liberal Party is a centre-right political party in France, formed by the members of the Union for French Democracy – including a majority of former parliamentarians – who did not agree with François Bayrou's...

     
    1

    Culture

    The Cannes Film Festival
    Cannes Film Festival
    The Cannes International Film Festival , is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France, which previews new films of all genres including documentaries from around the world. Founded in 1946, it is among the world's most prestigious and publicized film festivals...

     attracts wide attention and the cream of the film industry. Juan-les-Pins
    Juan-les-Pins
    Juan-les-PinsCountry:Region:Department: Alpes-MaritimesArrondissement: GrasseCanton: Vallauris-Antibes-OuestMunicipality: AntibesPopulation:?Coordinates:Time zone:CET, UTC+1Elevation:10 amslPostal code:06600...

     hosts an annual jazz festival.

    Tourism

    Tourism in the department centers on the Riviera, known as the Côte d'Azur, known for its beaches and luxury hotels.

    The area inland from the busy Côte d'Azur is an excellent base for many outdoor sports: cycling, mountain biking, skiing, walking, rock climbing, canyoning, canoeing, rafting, fishing, horse riding, forests of adventure, caving and the area has the first ever under ground via ferrata. The area has internationally renowned paragliding and hang gliding flying sites – Col-de-Bleyne, Gourdon, Gréolières and Lachens.

    Trivia

    The asteroid
    Asteroid
    Asteroids are a class of small Solar System bodies in orbit around the Sun. They have also been called planetoids, especially the larger ones...

     100122 Alpes Maritimes
    100122 Alpes Maritimes
    100122 Alpes Maritimes is an asteroid. It was discovered by Eric Walter Elst on August 15, 1993. Its provisional designation was 1993 PE7. It was named after Alpes-Maritimes.-External links:*...

     is named in the département's honour
    Meanings of asteroid names
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    , on the occasion of the thousandth discovery made from its territory.

    See also

    • Communes of the Alpes-Maritimes department
    • Cantons of the Alpes-Maritimes department
    • Arrondissements of the Alpes-Maritimes department

    External links

    Prefecture website General council website French Riviera directory Musical traditions in the Alpes-Maritimes department About.com
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