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Frangy (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 ° 1 ′  N , 5 ° 56 ′  E Coordinates: 46 ° 1 ′  N , 5 ° 56 ′  E
height 299-562 m
surface 9.69 km 2
Residents 2,119 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 219 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 74270
INSEE code

Frangy is a French commune in the department of Haute-Savoie in the region of Auvergne Rhône-Alpes . It belongs to the canton of Saint-Julien-en-Genevois in the arrondissement of Saint-Julien-en-Genevois .


Frangy is located at 323  m , about halfway between Annecy and Bellegarde-sur-Valserine , 20 northwest of the city of Annecy (as the crow flies). The village extends in the valley of the Usses at the mouth of a short side stream, south of the Montagne de Vuache , in the Genevois .

The area of ​​the 9.69 km² municipality covers a section of the western Genevois. The main settlement area is the Vallée des Usses. It is traversed by the Usses, a left tributary of the Rhone , in an approximately 500 m wide flat valley floor from east to west. The valley is sunk around 150 to 200 m into the surrounding plateaus. Both in the south and in the north, the community area extends to the adjacent high plateaus. At 562  m , the highest point in Frangy is reached at the foot of the Montagne de Vuache.

In addition to the actual town center, Frangy also includes various hamlet settlements and farms, including:

  • Moisy ( 500  m ) on the plateau north of the Vallée des Usses
  • Collonges ( 480  m ) on the northern slope of the Vallée des Usses
  • Champagne ( 390  m ) on the southern slope of the Vallée des Usses
  • Bossy ( 450  m ) on the southern slope of the Vallée des Usses

Neighboring municipalities of Frangy are Chessenaz in the northwest, Chaumont in the northeast, Musièges and Chilly in the southeast and Desingy in the southwest.


The municipality of Frangy was already settled in the Neolithic and Roman times, which has been proven by various remains. The place was first mentioned in 1119 under the name Frengiacum . Later the names Fringe , Fringy and finally Frangy appeared . The place name goes back to the Gallo-Roman personal name Firmus .

Frangy has always been on an important route from the lower Rhône valley to Geneva . In the Middle Ages it belonged to the Kastlanei Chaumont, which was subordinate to the Counts of Geneva . In the 17th century Frangy came to Savoy and from then on shared its fate. Until 1860 it belonged to the canton of Saint-Julien-en-Genevois , then it was raised to the capital of the newly created canton of Frangy.


The Saint-Aquilin church was built in 1843 on the site of a previous building in the neoclassical style and was extensively restored in 1975. The rectory dates from the 17th century. Also worth seeing are the Oratoire Notre-Dame de Sur-Creux (from 1858), the Château Bastian (from the 17th century) and the stone bridge over the Usses, which was built in 1677.


Population development
year Residents
1962 1,085
1968 1.014
1975 1.102
1982 1,333
1990 1,521
1999 1,598
2004 1,745

With 2,119 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017), Frangy is one of the smaller communities in the Haute-Savoie department. A significant increase in population has been recorded since the early 1970s. Numerous single-family houses were built outside the old town center.

Economy and Infrastructure

Frangy has long been an agricultural and retail community. The white wine from the Frangy area is known beyond the region. The municipality is located in the Savoie wine-growing region . White wines made from the Altesse grape variety (locally called Roussette ) may be marketed under the protected designation of origin Roussette de Savoie . The AOC Vin de Savoie applies to white wines of other grape varieties and red wines .

In the last few decades, a commercial zone has developed in the valley floor of the Usses, in which various businesses, including the construction and transport industries, have settled. A large number of workers are also commuters who work in the larger towns in the area as well as in the Annecy and Geneva-Annemasse area.

The place is well developed in terms of traffic. It is at the crossroads of the main roads from Annecy to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine and from Saint-Julien-en-Genevois to Rumilly . The closest connection to the A40 motorway is around 10 km away.

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