Place:Ferney-Voltaire, Ain, France

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NameFerney-Voltaire
TypeCommune
Coordinates46.25°N 6.117°E
Located inAin, France
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Ferney-Voltaire is a commune in the Ain department in eastern France.

It lies between the Jura mountains and the Swiss border and forms part of the metropolitan area of Geneva.

History

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Ferney was first noted in 14th-century Burgundian registers as "Fernex." Four centuries later, however, Voltaire changed the "x" to a "y" due to the excessive number of towns in the region with names ending in "x," such as Maconnex, Saconnex, Gex, Versonnex, Ornex.

During Voltaire's reign over Ferney in the second part of the 18th century, the town saw rapid expansion. Today Ferney is a peaceful town with a Saturday market and a large international community, due to the proximity of CERN and the United Nations Office at Geneva. Ferney is growing very quickly. It is also home to the Lycée International. Voltaire still presides over Ferney with his statue in the center of town.

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