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Clermont-Ferrand

Administration
Full nameClermont-Ferrand
CountryFrance
RegionAuvergne
DepartmentPuy-de-Dme
ArrondissementClermont-Ferrand
IntercommunalityClermont
MayorSerge Godard (2008 2014)
Statistics
Elevation1174.5 ft (358 m)
Highest Elevation1975.1 ft (602 m)
Lowest Elevation1053.1 ft (321 m)
Land Area16.5 sq mi (42.67 km2)
Total Population140700 (2006)
- Density8540.3/sq mi (3297.4/km2)
Postal code63000
INSEE63113

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Clermont-Ferrand (Auvergnat Occitan: Clarmont-Ferrand / Clarmont d'Auvèrnhe) is a city and commune of France, in the Auvergne region, with a population of 140,700 (2006). Its metropolitan area had 409,558 inhabitants at the 1999 census. It is the prefecture (capital) of the Puy-de-Dôme department. Serge Godard is the current Mayor of the city.Clermont-Ferrand sits on the plain of Limagne in the Massif Central and is surrounded by a major industrial area. The city is famous for the chain of volcanoes, the Chaîne des Puys surrounding it. The famous dormant volcano Puy-de-Dôme (10 km from the city) is one of the highest of these and well known for the telecommunication antennas that sit on its top and are visible from far away.

Clermont-Ferrand is also famous for hosting one of the world's leading international festivals for short films, the Festival du Court Metrage de Clermont-Ferrand, as well as the corporate headquarters of Michelin, the global tire company created more than 100 years ago in the city.

Clermont-Ferrand's most famous public square is place de Jaude, on which stands a grand statue of Vercingetorix sitting imperiously on a horse and holding a glaive. The inscription reads: J'ai pris les armes pour la liberté de tous ( ). This statue was sculpted by Frédéric Bartholdi, who also created the Statue of Liberty.

Recently, Clermont-Ferrand was France's first city to get a new guided light transit system, thereby linking the city's north and south neighbourhoods.


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