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Chevaline (France)
region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Haute-Savoie
Arrondissement Annecy
Canton Faverges
Community association Sources du Lac d'Annecy
Coordinates 45 ° 46 ′  N , 6 ° 13 ′  E Coordinates: 45 ° 46 ′  N , 6 ° 13 ′  E
height 503-2,176 m
surface 14.16 km 2
Residents 203 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 14 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 74210
INSEE code

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


Chevaline is located at 523  m west of Faverges about 17 kilometers south-southeast of the city of Annecy . The village extends in a broad valley south of Lac d'Annecy at the northern foot of the Montagne du Charbon, part of the Bauges massif, at the entrance to the valley of the Ire stream.

The area of ​​the 14.16 km² municipal area includes a section of the solid mass of the Bauges . The northernmost part of the area is occupied by the valley level near Doussard. To the south, the municipal area extends in a long narrow strip far into the Massif des Bauges Regional Nature Park , with the entire western side of the Ruisseau de l'Ire belonging to Chevaline. It is still a largely untouched, wild valley where the last bear was killed in 1893. The western border runs on the rugged limestone peaks of the Montagne de Charbon (on the Pointe le Banc Plat 1907  m ). In the far south, on the summit of Mont Trélod , the highest elevation of Chevaline is reached at 2181  m .

Neighboring municipalities of Chevaline are Doussard in the north and east, Jarsy and Doucy-en-Bauges in the south and Bellecombe-en-Bauges in the west.


Chevaline is first mentioned in the 12th century under the name Caballina . In the Middle Ages, Chevaline was part of the Rouange domain. The monastery of Aillon also had significant property in the municipality. In the second half of the 19th century a hammer mill was operated in the Irish Valley.

2012 murders

Chevaline gained international attention in 2012 as the scene of a particularly brutal and mysterious multiple homicide that killed three members of a British-Iraqi vacationing family and a local cyclist. A suspect who had been arrested in England in the meantime and from the family of the killed family father was released without charge. Even after the arrest of another suspect in France in February 2014 and the identification and questioning of a motorcyclist who had been wanted as a witness in early 2015, the case has not yet been resolved (as of March 6, 2015). In the German-speaking media, the affair was and is sometimes referred to as the Annecy murders .


The Saint-Martin chapel (XVII).

The Saint-Martin chapel originally dates back to the 12th century, but was later changed and rebuilt several times.


Population development
year Residents
1962 78
1968 66
1975 69
1982 73
1990 135
1999 196
2006 208

With 203 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017), Chevaline is one of the smallest communities in the Haute-Savoie department. In the course of the 19th and 20th centuries, the number of inhabitants decreased continuously due to strong emigration (in 1861 there were still 152 inhabitants in Chevaline). Since the beginning of the 1980s, however, thanks to the proximity to Doussard, a significant increase in population has been recorded again.

Economy and Infrastructure

Chevaline was a predominantly agricultural and forestry village until well into the 20th century . Today there are various local small businesses. Otherwise, the village is now mostly a residential community. Many workers are commuters who work in the larger towns in the area.

The village is off the main thoroughfares, but is easily accessible from the main road N508, which runs from Annecy to Albertville , via Doussard. Other road connections exist with Lathuile and the Col de Chérel.

Web links

Commons : Chevaline  - collection of images, videos and audio files
  • Mairie Chevaline. - Le portail des départements, accessed on July 13, 2013 (French, official website of the Chevaline municipal administration).

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Dossier: Quadruple Murder by Chevaline., June 24, 2013, accessed on January 15, 2014 .
  2. Quadruple murder in Annecy: Police arrest the brother of the slain family father., July 24, 2013, accessed January 15, 2014 .
  3. a b Annecy murders: previous prime suspect free again., January 15, 2014, accessed on January 15, 2014 .
  4. Jump up ↑ No charges against suspects in the quadruple murder of Annecy., January 15, 2014, accessed January 15, 2014 .
  5. Chevaline: le frère n'est pas inculpé, faute de preuves. Le Nouvel Observateur, January 15, 2014, accessed January 15, 2014 (French).
  6. Quadruple murder in the Alps: suspect is said to have traded in weapons. Spiegel Online , February 19, 2014, accessed February 19, 2014 .
  7. Quadruple murder in the Alps: Investigators identify wanted motorcyclists. Spiegel Online , March 6, 2015, accessed March 6, 2015 .