Le Chambon Sur Lignon

Perched above the river Lignon, at an altitude of 1000 metres, is the curious town of Le Chambon sur Lignon. Curious not for its architecture or its produce, but rather for its liberalism.

There are only 3000 inhabitants, but between them they run more than 60 clubs of different sorts, together with at least two different political pressure movements, an international college as well as a music school, cinema, and a poetry publishing house.

The attitudes of the town were not just born with the current inhabitants, either. They are rather carrying on a long and proud tradition, beginning with hiding fugitive priests during the Revolution. During the late 19th century, thousands of children from mining areas were welcomed in the area, giving them a chance to breathe the clean mountain air of the south-east Haute Loire.

In the First World War, refugees from Alsace were housed in Le Chambon; in the late thirties the town once again welcomed those fleeing conflict, this time the Spanish Civil War.

During the Second World War, Le Chambon and the surrounding communes chose not to obey the orders of the Vichy regime, and hid both resistants and Jews - perhaps as many as 5,000 people in total. There was even a “factory” which produced thousands of sets of false papers.

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