Feurs is a commune
Communes of France
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 in the Loire
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 department and in the Rhône-Alpes
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Régions of France
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 in central France
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The inhabitants of Feurs are called Foréziens.


The name Feurs derives from the Roman
Ancient Rome
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 name of the town Forum Segusiavorum. Vestiges of the ancient Roman city are located by the current post office.

The city gave its name to the Forez
Forez is a former province of France, corresponding approximately to the central part of the modern Loire département and a part of the Haute-Loire and Puy-de-Dôme départements....

 province in which it is located.

Feurs was the capital
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 of the Loire department from 1793 to 1795, during the French Revolution
French Revolution
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The river Lignon du Forez
Lignon du Forez
The Lignon du Forez is a long river in the Loire department, east-central France. Its source is near Chalmazel. It flows generally east. It is a left tributary of the Loire into which it flows near Feurs.-Communes along its course:...

 flows into the Loire in the commune.

Feurs is located in the Forez plain, between the Monts du Lyonnais
Monts du Lyonnais
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 to the East and the Monts du Forez to the West.


Over 300 small and medium enterprises are settled in Feurs and account for about 3'200 jobs, distributed as follows : tertiary sector (1675), metal industry (1280), construction (267).

Twin towns

Feurs and the town of Olching
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 in Bavaria
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, Germany
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, have been twin towns since August 1963, when a delegation of 24 Foréziens, led by the mayor Félix Nigay, visited their German counterparts for the first time.

Notable residents

  • Geoffroy Guichard (1867- 1940), founder of the Casino Group.
  • Franck Montagny
    Franck Montagny
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    , Formula 1 pilot
  • Joseph-Guichard Du Verney
    Guichard Joseph Duverney
    Guichard Joseph Duverney or Joseph-Guichard Du Verney was a French anatomist who was a native of Feurs in the province of Forez....

    (1648-1730), anatomist.

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