Cannes is one of the best-known cities of the 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...

, a busy tourist destination and host of the annual 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...

. It is a Commune of France in the Alpes-Maritimes
Alpes-Maritimes is a department in the extreme southeast corner of France.- History : was created by Octavian as a Roman military district in 14 BC, and became a full Roman province in the middle of the 1st century with its capital first at Cemenelum and subsequently at Embrun...


The city is also famous for its various luxury shops, restaurants, and hotels. On 3 November 2011 it played host
2011 G-20 Cannes summit
The 2011 G-20 Cannes Summit is the sixth meeting of the G-20 heads of government in a series of on-going discussions about financial markets and the world economy....

 to the G20 organisation of industrialised nations.
By the 2nd century BC the Liguria
Liguria is a coastal region of north-western Italy, the third smallest of the Italian regions. Its capital is Genoa. It is a popular region with tourists for its beautiful beaches, picturesque little towns, and good food.-Geography:...

n Oxybii
The Oxybii were a Ligurian tribe living on the Mediterranean coast of France near Massallia. The border with the Ligurian Deciates being to the west of Antipolis and east of Forum Julii ....

 established a settlement here known as Aegitna.