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Famous Annecians

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Louis Armand (1905-1971)

Engineer, key personality in perfecting the French railway system. From 1943 he organised the Rail-Resistance and became Director of SNCF after the Liberation. First President of the European Atomic Energy Commission (Euratom). He was declared honorary freman of Annecy in 1960 and became a member of the Académie Française in 1963.

Claude Berthollet (1748-1822)

Claude Berthollet



Chemist born at Talloires. He took part in the Egyptian campaign, became a Count-Senator and then Grand Officier of the Légion d'honneur. He did his scientific research at Montpellier.

Cardinal de Brogny (1342-1426)

Cardinal de Brogny


Jean Alarmet, after long study, settled in Avignon and then founded the Dominican Convent (now the Saint Maurice Church).

Sadi Carnot (1837-1894)

Engineer and politician, he worked in Annecy on the design of sluice gates for the Thiou and the Vassé to control the level of the water in the lake.

Saint Jeanne de Chantal (1572-1641)

Founder with François de Sales of the Visitation Order, canonised in 1768, patron of mothers and widows. Her body reposes in the Basilica of the Visitation monastery at Annecy.

Eustache Chappuis (1499-1556)

Eustache Chappuis


Canon of Geneva Cathedral then Ambassador to the Court of Henry VIII of England. In the 16th century he created a famous college which only closed in 1888 with the construction of the Berthollet school.

Antoine Favre

Man of letters, jurist and founder of the Florimontane Academy in 1607 with Saint-François de Sales. He was the author of the Fabrien Code which remained in use until the time of Napoléon 1er.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)

Writer and philosopher. Annecy has numerous reminders of the author of the "Confessions" such as the "Gold balustrade" which recalls his meeting with Madame de Warens.

Saint François de Sales (1567-1622)

After studying the law, he became Bishop of Annecy and in 1610 founded the Visitation Order with Saint Jeanne de Chantal. Patron of journalists and writers. His remains are preserved in the Basilica of the Visitation monstaery at Annecy.

Germain Sommeiller (1815-1871)

Engineer, originator of the Fréjus tunnel thanks to his invention of a compressed air drilling machine.

Eugène Sue (1804-1857)

Popular novelist made famous by “Mysteries of Paris”. He lived his last years at Annecy-le-Vieux. His tomb is to be found in the Loverchy cemetery.

Claude Favre de Vaugelas (1585-1650)

French Grammarian. Savoyard, son of Antoine Favre, he studied the humanities first in the Florimontane Academy created at Annecy by his father.
Richelieu nominated him to the Académie Française at its foundation in 1635. In 1639 he was given responsibility for the famous Academy Dictionary.