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Coat of arms of Éloise
Éloise (France)
region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Haute-Savoie
Arrondissement Saint-Julien-en-Genevois
Canton Saint-Julien-en-Genevois
Community association Usses and Rhône
Coordinates 46 ° 5 '  N , 5 ° 51'  E Coordinates: 46 ° 5 '  N , 5 ° 51'  E
height 330-533 m
surface 8.95 km 2
Residents 864 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 97 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 74910
INSEE code
Website www.eloise.fr

Éloise is a French commune in the department of Haute-Savoie in the region of Auvergne Rhône-Alpes .


Éloise is located at 510  m , near Bellegarde-sur-Valserine , about 28 kilometers northwest of the city of Annecy (as the crow flies). The farming village extends from a panoramic location on the high plateau west of the Montagne de Vuache , between the deeply cut valleys of the Rhone and Usses , in the Genevois .

The area of ​​the 8.95 km² municipality covers a section of the western Genevois. The northern border is formed by the Rhône, which lies from east to west in a valley sunk more than 150 m deep into the surrounding plateaus and is dammed up by the Génissiat dam. At Bellegarde-sur-Valserine it draws a sharp bend and flows south. The community area extends from the course of the river to the high plateau adjacent to the south ( 500  m on average ), which is subdivided by several short erosion valleys. At the edge of the Bois du Clos forest area, the highest elevation of Éloise is reached at 533  m .

In addition to the actual town center, Éloise also includes several hamlet settlements and farmsteads, including:

  • Bois d'Arlod ( 430  m ) on the western slope of the plateau above Bellegarde
  • Fiolaz ( 490  m ) on the high plateau of Éloise

Neighboring municipalities of Éloise are Bellegarde-sur-Valserine and Léaz in the north, Clarafond-Arcine in the east, Chêne-en-Semine in the south and Saint-Germain-sur-Rhône in the west.


The municipality of Éloise was already settled in the Neolithic . The village was first mentioned in the 12th century under the name Ehelusia . The Saint-Oyen de Joux monastery owned rich estates in the area. Éloise was assigned to the newly created Canton of Frangy in 1860 ; before it belonged to the canton of Seyssel .


The village church of Éloise dates from the 18th century. The Pont de Grésin , a suspension bridge below the village that can only be reached via a dirt road , the forerunner of which was part of the Spanish Road in the 17th century , which enabled the Spanish Habsburgs to connect with the Spanish Netherlands .


Population development
year Residents
1962 292
1968 377
1975 444
1982 487
1990 656
1999 715
2004 872

With 864 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017), Éloise is one of the small communities in the Haute-Savoie department. Since the mid-1960s, thanks to its proximity to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine, there has been a significant increase in population.

Economy and Infrastructure

Éloise is still a predominantly agricultural village today . There are also some local small businesses. A large number of those in employment are commuters who work in the larger towns in the area, particularly in Bellegarde-sur-Valserine .

The place is well developed in terms of traffic. It is close to the main road N508 which runs from Annecy to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine. Another road connection is with Saint-Germain-sur-Rhône. The next connection to the A40 motorway , which crosses the municipality, is around 2 km away.

Web links

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