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A general view of Saint-Galmier
A general view of Saint-Galmier
Coat of arms of Saint-Galmier
Coat of arms
Saint-Galmier is located in France
Coordinates: 45°35′27″N 4°19′05″E / 45.5908°N 4.3181°E / 45.5908; 4.3181Coordinates: 45°35′27″N 4°19′05″E / 45.5908°N 4.3181°E / 45.5908; 4.3181
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Loire
Arrondissement Montbrison
Canton Andrézieux-Bouthéon
Intercommunality Pays de Saint-Galmier
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Jean-Pierre Bouchardon
Area1 19.47 km2 (7.52 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 5,293
 • Density 270/km2 (700/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 42222 /42330
Elevation 357–551 m (1,171–1,808 ft)
(avg. 480 m or 1,570 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.

Saint-Galmier is a commune in the Loire department in central France.

Its residents are called Baldomériens.


Saint Galmier is a spa town and the source of Badoit mineral water. The thermal spring was known of in Gallo-Roman times, but its fame increased with the general growth in interest in thermal cures in Europe during the nineteenth century.

Before Auguste Badoit appeared on the scene and commercialised the water in the 1830s, both the water, and the spring from which it emerged, were known as "Fontfort". It is for this reason that briefly, during the French Revolutionary period, the town was known as "Fontfortville".


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