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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.

Menton
Menton
(French pronunciation: ​[mɑ̃tɔ̃]; Occitan: [meˈta], written Menton
Menton
in classical norm or Mentan in Mistralian norm; Italian: Mentone [menˈtoːne]) is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes
Alpes-Maritimes
department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
region in southeastern France. Situated on the French Riviera, along the Franco-Italian border, it is nicknamed perle de la France
France
("Pearl of France").[1]

Contents

1 History 2 Geography

2.1 Climate

3 Townscape 4 Colleges and universities 5 Mentonasc
Mentonasc
language 6 Origin of the name 7 Annual town events 8 Sport 9 Notable residents 10 International relations 11 See also 12 References 13 External links

History[edit] The Menton
Menton
area has been inhabited since the paleolithic era, and is the site of the original "Grimaldi Man" find of early modern humans, as well as remains of Neanderthals and Cro-Magnons.[2] In Roman times, the Via Julia Augusta, a road connecting Placentia (now Piacenza) with Arelates (now Arles) passed through Menton, running along the Rue Longue in the old town.[3] The first major settlement occurred during the 11th century CE, when the Count of Ventimiglia constructed the Château de Puypin (Podium Pinum) on the Pépin hill, north and west of the modern town centre. During the 13th century, the seigneury of Puypin fell to the Vento family of Genoa
Genoa
who built a new castle along the Roman road, now the site of the Vieux-Château cemetery, providing the core around which the current town grew. Menton
Menton
was thus incorporated into the Republic of Genoa. The first mention of Menton dates from 21 July 1262, in the peace treaty between Charles of Anjou and Genoa. Its position on the border between the Angevin-ruled Provence
Provence
and the Republic of Genoa, which at the time claimed Monaco as its western limit, made it a coveted location.

Menton, as part of Monaco, was the extreme western area of the Republic of Genoa
Genoa
(green color) in 1664.

Acquired in 1346 by Charles Grimaldi, Lord of Monaco, Menton
Menton
was ruled by the Princes of Monaco
Monaco
until the French Revolution. Annexed during the Revolution, Menton
Menton
remained part of France
France
through the First Empire. It belonged to the district of Sanremo
Sanremo
in the department of Alpes-Maritimes, which at the time included Monaco
Monaco
and Sanremo. In 1814, Menton
Menton
was included in a reconstituted principality of Monaco which, after Napoleon's Hundred Days
Hundred Days
in 1815, became a protectorate of the King of Sardinia. The Princes of Monaco
Monaco
were obliged to do homage to the King for Menton, although not for Monaco
Monaco
itself.

Map of the territory of the free cities of Menton
Menton
and Roquebrune in 1848.[4]

In 1848, Menton, along with its neighbour Roquebrune, seceded from Monaco, due at least in part to a tax imposed on lemon exports.[5] They proclaimed themselves a "free city" during the 1848 revolutions related to the Italian Risorgimento, then two years later placed themselves under the protection of the Kingdom of Sardinia
Kingdom of Sardinia
where they were administered by the House of Savoy
House of Savoy
for ten years.[6] The Treaty of Turin concluded on 24 March 1860 between the Kingdom of Sardinia and Napoleon III's France
France
called for the annexation of the County of Nice
County of Nice
to France, subject to a plebiscite, as a reward for French assistance in Italy's war against Austria. The plebiscite, with universal adult male suffrage, was held on April 15 and 16, 1860, and resulted in an overwhelming vote in favour of annexation (833 for versus 54 against in Menton
Menton
and Roquebrune),[7] despite complaints of rigged elections from, among others, Nice-born Italian nationalist Giuseppe Garibaldi.[citation needed] The county of Nice
Nice
was thus annexed to France
France
that June, and Napoleon III paid 4 million francs in compensation to the prince of Monaco, who renounced his rights in perpetuity on 2 February 1861.[7] The publication of Winter and Spring on the Shores of the Mediterranean (1861) by the English doctor James Henry Bennett
James Henry Bennett
had a profound effect on Menton, making it a popular destination for sufferers of tuberculosis.[8] By the end of the 19th century, tourism was an important factor in Menton's growth. The town was popular with English and Russian aristocrats who built many of the luxurious hotels, villas, and palaces which still grace Menton
Menton
today. Many of these hotels and palaces were pressed into service as hospitals during World War I to allow injured troops to recuperate in a pleasant climate.

Sailboats in Menton
Menton
harbour, photograph by Jean Gilletta, early 1900s

Menton
Menton
was the only sizable settlement captured by Italy
Italy
during its invasion of France
France
in June 1940. Following the armistice of June 22, 1940, two-thirds of the territory of the commune was annexed by Italy as terra irredenta. The annexation lasted until 8 September 1943. Although officially returned to Vichy France, Menton
Menton
was in fact occupied by Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
until its liberation by American and Canadian troops of the First Special Service Force
First Special Service Force
on 8 September 1944.[9] Geography[edit]

The port and the old part of town

View of the port of Menton

Menton, nicknamed the Pearl of France, is located on the Mediterranean Sea at the Franco-Italian border, just across from the Ligurian town of Ventimiglia. The fishing industry was devastated in the 1980s and 1990s when a combination of overfishing and hypoxia in the bay. At the time, the devastation was erroneously attributed to the dubiously nicknamed "killer algae" Caulerpa taxifolia
Caulerpa taxifolia
(a non-native Asian tropical green alga first discovered in the Mediterranean Sea
Mediterranean Sea
adjacent to the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco
Monaco
in 1984) spread throughout the coastal sea floor. Later, sound scientific findings revealed that the seaweed was adept at absorbing pollutants and excess nutrients, actually aiding the recovery of native Posidonia
Posidonia
sea grass[10] and enhancing local fish populations and overall biodiversity.[11] Climate[edit] Menton
Menton
has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate (Csa, according to the Köppen climate classification). However, the milder winters (on average) and the warmer nights in summer (on average), compared to the rest of the French Mediterranean coastal area, provide Menton
Menton
with a particular micro-climate (experienced from Nice
Nice
through Monaco
Monaco
and Menton, toward the Italian border) that is favorable to tangerine, orange and lemon groves, hence one of the town's symbols, the lemon. Winter frosts are extremely rare but may occasionally occur every few years. Likewise, summer temperatures are relatively moderate, rarely rising above 30°C.[12]

Climate data for Menton
Menton
( Alpes-Maritimes
Alpes-Maritimes
department, France), 2009-2016 temperature data only[a]

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high °F (°C) 64.9 (18.3) 68.9 (20.5) 74.1 (23.4) 81.0 (27.2) 88.5 (31.4) 92.7 (33.7) 95.7 (35.4) 97.7 (36.5) 92.8 (33.8) 83.4 (28.6) 76.7 (24.8) 68.0 (20) 97.7 (36.5)

Mean maximum °F (°C) 62.1 (16.7) 64.2 (17.9) 69.3 (20.7) 76.3 (24.6) 81.3 (27.4) 89.2 (31.8) 91.2 (32.9) 93.2 (34) 88.0 (31.1) 79.2 (26.2) 72.0 (22.2) 65.5 (18.6) 94.6 (34.8)

Average high °F (°C) 55.0 (12.8) 55.2 (12.9) 60.3 (15.7) 65.8 (18.8) 71.2 (21.8) 78.8 (26) 83.8 (28.8) 84.4 (29.1) 79.7 (26.5) 71.2 (21.8) 63.5 (17.5) 58.1 (14.5) 68.9 (20.5)

Average low °F (°C) 45.3 (7.4) 44.1 (6.7) 48.7 (9.3) 53.2 (11.8) 58.1 (14.5) 64.8 (18.2) 70.0 (21.1) 70.7 (21.5) 66.4 (19.1) 59.5 (15.3) 53.1 (11.7) 48.0 (8.9) 56.8 (13.8)

Mean minimum °F (°C) 37.9 (3.3) 36.5 (2.5) 40.3 (4.6) 46.6 (8.1) 50.4 (10.2) 57.4 (14.1) 64.0 (17.8) 63.5 (17.5) 59.0 (15) 48.7 (9.3) 44.4 (6.9) 40.5 (4.7) 35.1 (1.7)

Record low °F (°C) 32.2 (0.1) 30.0 (−1.1) 36.9 (2.7) 43.0 (6.1) 46.6 (8.1) 52.5 (11.4) 58.3 (14.6) 56.7 (13.7) 54.1 (12.3) 39.2 (4) 39.9 (4.4) 30.9 (−0.6) 30.0 (−1.1)

Source: Météo Climat BZH[13]

^ Mean monthly maxima and minima (i.e. the expected highest and lowest temperature readings at any point during the year or given month) calculated based on data at said location from 2009 to 2016. Extremes from 2009 to 2016 as well.

Townscape[edit]

Menton
Menton
from the sea

Menton
Menton
decorated window

Menton
Menton
is famous for its gardens, including the Jardin Serre de la Madone, the Jardin botanique exotique de Menton
Jardin botanique exotique de Menton
('Le Val Rahmeh'), the Fontana Rosa, the Maria Serena garden, and the modernist gardens of Les Colombières.[14] Le Val Rahmeh was established in 1905 by Englishman Sir Percy Radcliffe, the first owner of the gardens, and named for his wife. Villa Fontana Rosa
Fontana Rosa
was built in 1922 by Blasco Ibáñez, a Spanish novelist, and the gardens of the villa are now open to the public.

The baroque basilica of Saint-Michel-Archange, with its belltower, was built in 1619 by the Genoese architect Lorenzo Lavagna. The Bastion Museum, which features decoration by Jean Cocteau, is located in the Bastion of the port of Menton. The bastion, built overwater in 1636 as an advance defense for the port by the Princes of Monaco, is now located at the shoreline. The wedding room at the Mairie (town hall) was painted in the 1950s by Cocteau, transforming it into a giant work of art. Menton
Menton
is home to at least half a dozen beaches. The historic covered market was built in 1898 by local architect Adrien Rey. The market is open every day from 5 am until 1 pm in the summer; in the winter, it opens at 5:30 am. Over 30 kiosks both inside and around the market sell local and imported vegetables. The Belle Époque
Belle Époque
structure was one of many famous buildings constructed by the architect in the region.[15] Next to the beach and the covered market is the Jean Cocteau
Jean Cocteau
Museum. It opened in 2011 and is close to the Bastion Museum.[16]

Colleges and universities[edit]

Middle East and Mediterranean campus of Sciences Po

Mentonasc
Mentonasc
language[edit] The Mentonasc
Mentonasc
dialect is currently spoken by about 10% of the population in Menton, Roquebrune, and the surrounding villages.[citation needed] It is taught within the French educational system, as a variety of Niçard (i.e. Provençal and Occitan). However, in nineteenth-century linguistic descriptions,[17] as well as in contemporary linguistic scholarship,[18][19][20] Mentonasc
Mentonasc
is described as an intermediate between Niçard and the Intemelio
Intemelio
dialect of Ligurian. Some scholars insist that Mentonasc
Mentonasc
is, at its base, a Ligurian dialect, with French influences coming only later,[21] and that its supposed misclassification as a variety of Provençal has essentially political motives.[22] Origin of the name[edit] Although the name's spelling and pronunciation in French are identical to those for the word that means "chin", there does not seem to be any link with this French word. According to the French geographer Ernest Nègre, the name Menton
Menton
comes from the Roman name Mento.[23] However, it is possible that the name of the city comes from Mons Ottonis (reconstituted) from the name of Otton II, the Count of Ventimiglia from 1162-1200.[24] In Mentonasc, the city's name is Mentan (pronounced [mẽˈtã]), and in Italian Mentone ([menˈtoːne]). An inhabitant of Menton, un mentonnais or un mentonasque in French, would be O mentonasc in the local dialect. Annual town events[edit] The Lemon
Lemon
Festival takes place every February. The festival follows a given theme each year; past themes include Viva España, Disney, Neverland, and India. The festival lasts a few days, with different bands passing through Menton's streets on foot or on truck trailers. The Casino Gardens in the centre of town are decorated in the theme of the festival, using lemons to cover the exhibits, and huge temporary statues are built and covered with citrus fruit. The Casino Gardens are also the location for Menton's Christmas Festival. The Menton
Menton
Classical Musical Festival is also held every year in the centre of the old town.

Menton
Menton
Lemon
Lemon
Festival

Sport[edit] Menton
Menton
has a football team, Rapid de Menton, who play at the stadium Stade Lucien Rhein. Menton
Menton
also has a rugby team, Le rugby Club Webb Ellis de Menton.[25] Notable residents[edit]

Émile Appay
Émile Appay
- Menton

Notables who were born, lived, or died in Menton
Menton
include:

Jérôme Alonzo
Jérôme Alonzo
(born 1972), French first division football goalkeeper, born in Menton
Menton
20 November 1972 Richard Anconina
Richard Anconina
(born 1953), French actor; before his film career, he worked for several years at a holiday club for seniors in Menton Émile Appay
Émile Appay
(1876–1935), French landscape painter, spent time in Menton
Menton
over the years with beautiful paintings of the sea. Ferdinand Bac (1859–1952), French illustrator, lithographer, and writer; developed the house and gardens of Les Colombières
Les Colombières
above Menton
Menton
for Émile and Caroline Ladan-Bockairy. The house contains frescoes and modernist furniture by Bac, with a large garden set over several levels. Les Colombières
Les Colombières
is a Monument Historique and has been recently restored.[26][27] Aubrey Vincent Beardsley
Aubrey Vincent Beardsley
(1872–1898), English illustrator and author Lesley Blanch (1904–2007), English-born writer[28] Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Blasco Ibáñez
(1867–1928), Spanish author; at the end of his life, lived on his estate, Fontana Rosa, in Menton René Clément
René Clément
(1913–1996) Jean Cocteau
Jean Cocteau
(1889–1963), French artist, spent much time in Menton over the years; the Jean Cocteau
Jean Cocteau
Museum is in Menton; decorated the wedding room in Menton's town hall, and the small stone bastion in Menton's harbour wall[16] Olivier Echouafni
Olivier Echouafni
(born 1972), French first division football midfielder, born in Menton
Menton
13 September 1972 William Webb Ellis
William Webb Ellis
(1806–1872), inventor of rugby; lived in Menton at the end of his life and is buried in the old cemetery Sébastien Gattuso
Sébastien Gattuso
(born 1971), Monégasque athlete specializing in bobsledding Ivan Grigorovich
Ivan Grigorovich
(1853–1930), Imperial Russian Navy admiral, lived in Menton
Menton
after the Russian Revolution Panait Istrati
Panait Istrati
(1884–1935), Romanian writer of French and Romanian expression (friends with Romain Rolland); lived in Menton
Menton
for a brief period and has a street in Menton
Menton
named after him Joseph Joffo
Joseph Joffo
(born 1931), French author; lived temporarily in Menton during World War II Anatoly Lunacharsky
Anatoly Lunacharsky
(died 1933), Russian Marxist revolutionary and the first Soviet People's Commissar of Enlightenment responsible for culture and education; died in Menton Katherine Mansfield
Katherine Mansfield
(1888–1923), New Zealand modernist short story writer who lived and worked in a street now named after her. Her former home, the Villa Isola Bella is used as the residence for New Zealand writers who receive the Katherine Mansfield
Katherine Mansfield
Menton
Menton
Fellowship to live and write there for a year. Charles H. Spurgeon
Charles H. Spurgeon
(1834–1892), British Baptist preacher; died in Menton Graham Sutherland
Graham Sutherland
(1903–1980), English painter Philip Meadows Taylor
Philip Meadows Taylor
(1808–1876), British Indian civil servant and author Hans-Georg Tersling
Hans-Georg Tersling
(1857–1920), Danish architect, designed many buildings in the town Cédric Varrault (born 1980), French first division football defender; began his career with the Menton
Menton
football club William Butler Yeats
William Butler Yeats
(born 1865), Irish writer and poet; died in Menton
Menton
28 January 1939 (aged 73).

International relations[edit] See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in France

Menton

Menton
Menton
is twinned with:

Baden-Baden, Germany Montreux, Switzerland[29] Namur, Belgium Nafplio, Greece

Sochi, Russia Laguna Beach, United States Gisburn,[citation needed] United Kingdom Noordwijk, Netherlands

See also[edit]

Knights of the Redeemer Mentonasc Roquebrune-Cap-Martin List of historical unrecognized states Former countries in Europe after 1815 Intermelio Antoine Sartorio Communes of the Alpes-Maritimes
Alpes-Maritimes
department

References[edit]

INSEE

^ "Menton, "perle de la France"" (in French). Office de Tourisme de Menton.  ^ Émile Rivière, Découverte d'un Squelette Humain de l'Époque Paléolithique Dans les Cavernes des Baoussé-Rousse dites Grottes de Menton
Menton
(Discovery of a Human Skeleton from the Paleolithic
Paleolithic
in the Caverns of Baoussé-Rousse also known as the Grottes de Menton), (J.-B. Baillière et Fils, Paris, 1873) (in French) ^ La rue Longue (Official site of the town of Menton, accessed April 2009) (in French) ^ Ermanno Amicucci. Nizza e l'Italia. Mondadori editore. Milano, 1939. ^ Menton
Menton
on the French Riviera
French Riviera
(accessed April 2009) ^ Ermanno Amicucci. Nizza e l'Italia. p 58-61 ^ a b Monaco, Menton, and Roquebrune ^ Ted Jones (15 December 2007). The French Riviera: A Literary Guide for Travellers. Tauris Parke Paperbacks. ISBN 978-1-84511-455-8.  ^ La libération de Menton
Menton
(The Liberation of Menton, Official site of the town of Menton, Accessed April 2009) (in French) ^ Jaubert, J. M., J. R. M. Chisholm, G. Passeron-Seitre, D. Ducrot, H. T. Ripley, and L. Roy. 1999. No deleterious alterations in Posidonia
Posidonia
beds in the Bay of Menton
Menton
(France) eight years after Caulerpa taxifolia colonization. Journal of Phycology 35:1113-1119. ^ Francour, P., M. Harmelin-Vivien, J. G. Harmelin, and J. duClerc. 1995. Impact of Caulerpa taxifolia
Caulerpa taxifolia
colonization on the littoral ichthyofauna of northwestern Mediterranean. Hydrobiologia 300-301:345-353 ^ http://www.tourisme-menton.fr/Climat-et-Meteo-a-Menton.html ^ "Station Name: MENTON (FRANCE)". March 2017. Retrieved 2017-03-15.  ^ "The "Colombières" garden". Menton
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– Gardens. Menton.com. Archived from the original on 6 December 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2013.  ^ "Belle Epoque in Menton". Riviera Kitchen. 2011-09-29. Retrieved 2013-03-26.  ^ a b Edwards, Natasha (16 October 2012). "Menton, France: On the Jean Cocteau museum trail". The Daily Telegraph.  ^ James Bruny Andrews, Il dialetto di Mentone, in quanto egli tramezzi ideologicamente tra il provenzale e il ligure (The dialect of Menton, in which it is ideologically intermediate between Provençal and Ligurian) in Archivio Glottologico Italiano XII, 1890/92, pp. 97-106. (in English) ^ J.-P. Dalbera, Interférences entre provençal et ligurien dans la génèse du système morphologique mentonnais (Interferences between Provençal and Ligurian in the genesis of the Mentonnais morphological system) in Bulletin du Centre de romanistique et de latinité tardive 4-5, Nice, 1989, pp. 89-97. ^ W. Forner L'Intemelia linguistica, in Intemelion 1, Sanremo, 1995, pp. 67-82. (in Italian) ^ Le mentonnais entre toutes les chaises ? in Lexique Français-Mentonnais (Caserio & al. 2001) (in French) ^ Werner Forner.À propos du ligurien intémélien - La côte, l'arrière-pays, Travaux du Cercle linguistique de Nice, 7-8, 1986, pp. 29-62. ^ F. Toso, Il brigasco e l'olivettese tra classificazione scientifica e manipolazioni politico-amministrative Intermelion #14 p. 103, 2008 (in Italian) ^ Ernest Nègre, General Toponym of France : Etymology of 35,000 place names, Geneva : Librairie Droz, 1990. Volume I : Pre-Celtic, Celtic, and Roman names, § 11 118, p 664 (in French). ^ (in French)Fondation de Menton ^ "Rugby Club Webb Ellis Menton : présentation des règles du rugby, boutique maillot de rugby". Rugbyclub-webbellis.com. 2012-12-15. Retrieved 2013-03-26.  ^ "The "Colombières" garden". Domain Colombières. Monument historique. Retrieved 17 November 2013.  ^ Foreman, Liza (24 August 2013). "More Than Just a Famous Garden". The New York Times.  ^ "Obituary: Lesley Blanch". The Guardian. 10 May 2007.  ^ "Association Suisse des Communes et Régions d'Europe". L'Association suisse pour le Conseil des Communes et Régions d'Europe (ASCCRE) (in French). Archived from the original on 2012-07-24. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Menton.

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Menton.

Tourist office website Tourist office website (English version) City council website Menton
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Menton
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