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Coordinates: 46°23′00″N 6°35′00″E / 46.3833333333°N 6.58333333333°E / 46.3833333333; 6.58333333333

Commune of Évian-les-Bains

Évian-les-Bains is located in France
Country France
Region Rhône Alpes
Department Haute-Savoie
Arrondissement Thonon-les-Bains
Canton Évian-les-Bains
Intercommunality Pays d'Évian
Mayor Marc Francina
Elevation 372–739 m (1,220–2,420 ft)
Land area1 4.3 km2 (1.7 sq mi)
Population2 8,064  (2006)
 - Density 1,875 /km2 (4,860 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 74119/ 74500
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
CGN paddle steamer Montreux leaving Évian-les-Bains in July 2002.

Évian-les-Bains or Évian is a commune in the northern part of the Haute-Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.

It lies on the shores of Lake Geneva (aka Lac Léman), opposite Lausanne, Switzerland.



In July 1938, the Évian Conference was convened there to discuss the problem of Jewish refugees. During the second world war the town was occupied by Germans and much of the jewish community were murdered during the holocaust despite the close proximity to unoccupied Switzerland, the town's statue of General Dupas was also removed during the war. 18 March 1962, the Évian Accords were signed there. On 1 June 2003 the G8 began its 29th summit meeting in Évian.


The town is home of Evian mineral water, which makes up the foundation of the economy together with the Casino d'Evian, largest themed casino in Europe, and the Evian Royal Resort, favorite holiday destination of former French President François Mitterrand. Many of the inhabitants of Evian work in Lausanne and other Swiss cities nearby.

The two largest hotels in Évian are the Hotel Royal where the G8 summit was held and the Hilton.


The town has an average sized Arab presence for the region (6%) as well as a sizeable Swiss presence (11%) due to its proximity to Switzerland. It also supports a small Jewish community, who maintain a synagogue in the town.

Notable people

  • The French ski mountaineer Patrick Blanc was born in Évian on 28 April 1972.
  • The Napoleonic General, Dupas was also born in Evian.


Evain is served by a good bus network, as well as a train station with regular trains to Geneva, Annemasse, and Bellegarde, as well as less frequent services to Paris and Lyon. There is also a very busy ferry service running between the town and Lausanne, as well as a more tourist centred service that runs to Yvoire.

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