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The church and surrounding buildings in Saint-Marcel-lès-Annonay
The church and surrounding buildings in Saint-Marcel-lès-Annonay
Saint-Marcel-lès-Annonay is located in France
Coordinates: 45°17′13″N 4°37′37″E / 45.2869°N 4.6269°E / 45.2869; 4.6269Coordinates: 45°17′13″N 4°37′37″E / 45.2869°N 4.6269°E / 45.2869; 4.6269
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Ardèche
Arrondissement Tournon-sur-Rhône
Canton Annonay-Nord
Intercommunality Bassin d'Annonay
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Alain Archier
Area1 16.61 km2 (6.41 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 1,309
 • Density 79/km2 (200/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 07265 /07100
Elevation 411–860 m (1,348–2,822 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-Marcel-lès-Annonay is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.

The village was founded in 972. The Deûme passes through Saint-Marcel and flows into the Cance with Annonay. Water from these rivers come from the granitic areas and is very pure. Their patent rights have been recognized for several centuries with the rise of paper mills. The paper mills of Annonay by Montgolfier-Canson formed only two groups in the 18th century from Vidalon and Faya-Largeau.

In 1805, Jean-Baptiste de Montgolfier was detached from Vidalon to create a factory in Saint-Marcel. Paper production was a large contributor to the rise of the commune and was the main industry for a long period of time. The employees of paper mills were called les usines, French for factory and formed the integral part of their culture and life.

The small commune formed only industrial and is residential today, the magnificent buildings mixed with modern buildings.

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