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Location of Plombières-les-Bains
Plombières-les-Bains is located in France
Plombières-les-Bains is located in Grand Est
Coordinates: 47°58′02″N 6°27′50″E / 47.9672°N 6.4639°E / 47.9672; 6.4639Coordinates: 47°58′02″N 6°27′50″E / 47.9672°N 6.4639°E / 47.9672; 6.4639
RegionGrand Est
CantonLe Val-d'Ajol
IntercommunalityCC Porte des Vosges Méridionales
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Frédéric Dubouis
27.2 km2 (10.5 sq mi)
 • Density74/km2 (190/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
88351 /88370
Elevation335–576 m (1,099–1,890 ft)
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.

Plombières-les-Bains is a commune in the Vosges department in Grand Est in eastern France. It was the seat of the former canton of Plombières-les-Bains.

Les bains refers to the hot springs in the area, whose properties were first discovered by the Romans. In succeeding centuries, its baths were visited by Montaigne, Voltaire, the Dukes of Guise, the Dukes of Lorraine, Beaumarchais, Napoleon Bonaparte, Joséphine de Beauharnais, Napoléon III, Berlioz, Lamartine and Alfred de Musset.

Plombières Agreement[edit]

The "Pavilion of the Princes" at Plombières, was renamed following the meeting on 21 July 1858 between Napoleon III and Camillo Benso, conte di Cavour, who secretly negotiated the “Plombières Agreement” as they sat alone together in a small horse-drawn carriage slowly progressing round and round the town. This accord granted French aid to the cause of Piedmont-Sardinia against the Austrian Empire in return for the territories of Savoy and Nice, which thereafter became French.

Plombir ice cream[edit]

In Russia, the highest of the state standard quality categories of ice cream, containing at least 12% butterfat, is known as "plombir" (пломбир), a slight distortion of the pronunciation of "Plombières" in Russian. According to Dmitry Ushakov's Explanatory Dictionary of the Russian Language and Max Vasmer's authoritative "Etymological dictionary of the Russian language", plombir is named after Plombières, whose name has been associated with extravagant frozen desserts since the late eighteenth century.

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Napoleon baths