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Nantua is a commune and subprefecture in the Ain department in eastern France. The usual demonym for its inhabitants is Nantuatien(ne); however, they are also sometimes called Catholards, after a needle used by leatherworkers. Indeed, Nantua has long been a town of tanners and shoemakers.HistoryThe town grew up around a Benedictine Monastery founded in 671 by St. Amand and the church of St Peter where the body of Charles the Bald was initially buried.The Priory of Nantua was sacked and burned in 1230 by Etienne I of Thoire-Villars. Later, Boniface of Savoy, Archbishop of Canterbury was selected Prior of Nantua in 1232.ClimateNantua faces a small lake on its west side and is protected by high cliffs on its landward sides which gives rise to a relatively mild continental climate.Twin towns — sister citiesNantua is twinned with: Brembilla, Italy (2011)
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