A general view of Villefranche-sur-Saône
|• Mayor||Bernard Perrut (UMP)|
|Area1||9.48 km2 (3.66 sq mi)|
|• Density||3,800/km2 (9,700/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||69264 / 69400|
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
Villefranche-sur-Saône was founded in 1212 by Guichard IV, count of Beaujeu (Bôjor / Biôjœr), and became in the 14th century the capital of the Beaujolais (Biôjolês) province. It endured three sieges in the 15th and 16th centuries. The town walls were taken down early in the 19th century.
Industries include wine-trading, metallurgy, textiles, and chemicals.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
- Official website (French)
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