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Lathuile (France)
region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Haute-Savoie
Arrondissement Annecy
Canton Faverges
Community association Sources du Lac d'Annecy
Coordinates 45 ° 47 '  N , 6 ° 12'  E Coordinates: 45 ° 47 '  N , 6 ° 12'  E
height 450-1,640 m
surface 8.76 km 2
Residents 1,016 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 116 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 74210
INSEE code
Website Lathuile

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


Lathuile is 500  m west of Faverges , about 15 kilometers south-southeast of the city of Annecy (as the crow flies). The farming village extends slightly higher on the western edge of the valley, which extends south of the Lac d'Annecy , at the foot of the Taillefer ridge belonging to the Bauges massif . The community is located within the Massif des Bauges Regional Nature Park .

The area of ​​the 8.76 km² municipal area includes a section of the solid mass of the Bauges. The north-eastern part of the area is taken up by the 3 km wide valley basin, which extends on the south bank of Lac d'Annecy and extends over Faverges to Ugine . It was created by the Ice Age glaciers and was subsequently filled with rubble and alluvial material. The plain is drained from the Bornette to the Lac d'Annecy, in which Lathuile has no part, although it is very close to the lake. Above Lathuile the slope rises steeply to the striking rock ridge of Taillefer (up to 870  m ), on which the western border runs. A narrow strip extends south to the headwaters of the Bornette. The highest point of Lathuile is reached at 1645  m on the crêt du Char , which rises to the west of the Col de Bornette .

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

  • Chaparon ( 482  m ) slightly elevated above Lac d'Annecy, at the foot of Taillefer
  • Les Chevillys ( 479  m ) on the western edge of the Doussard plain, at the foot of the Taillefer
  • Saury ( 620  m ) on the Bornette at the northern foot of the Montagne de Charbon

Neighboring communities of Lathuile are Duingt in the north, Doussard in the east, Bellecombe-en-Bauges in the south and Entrevernes in the west.


The area of ​​Lathuile was probably already settled during Roman times and was the location of a workshop for the manufacture of bricks (French: thuile ). In the 12th century the place is first mentioned as Tuelli . From this the spelling Thuile developed , and through agglutination of the French article finally Lathuile . In the Middle Ages the village belonged to the Duingt domain. A coal mine was exploited near Saury until the end of the Second World War .


The parish church of Saint-Ours was rebuilt in the mid-19th century in the neo-Gothic style. Today the municipal administration is located in a castle from the 16th century.


Population development
year Residents
1962 354
1968 327
1975 369
1982 495
1990 668
1999 729

With 1016 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017) Lathuile is one of the small 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 612 inhabitants in Lathuile). Since the mid-1970s, however, there has been a significant increase in population thanks to the attractive residential area.

Economy and Infrastructure

Until well into the 20th century, Lathuile was predominantly a village characterized by agriculture and forestry . 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 N508 road from Annecy to Albertville . Further road connections exist with Doussard and Chevaline.

Web links

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