Saint-Etienne is a city in the central eastern section of France that serves as the capital of the Loire département. At various times in its history, the city’s economy has relied heavily on firearms manufacturing, coal mining and bicycle building.
Although it did not develop significantly as a city until the 19th century, Saint-Etienne today is the site of dynamic commercial and business growth, with many modern urban centers mingling with the charming streets and architectural features of old Saint-Etienne.
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Located in the heart of the Rhône-Alpes region, Saint-Etienne is only 60 kilometers southwest of Lyon, a city that is renowned for its quaint and picturesque beauty. Saint-Etienne can more than hold its own in this regard however, and the immaculately landscaped gardens and majestic architectural structures make the city one of the most attractive to live in.
Much of the residential development planned for the city in the near future is centered on the Carnot district. Work has already begun on a number of housing projects in the area, and many more residential buildings are set to be developed over the next few years. When completed, these housing complexes will provide the city with high-quality apartments offering spectacular views of the lush green surroundings and cultural landmarks such as the Cité du Design and the Zénith.
Hospitals and Universities of Saint-Etienne
Some of the hospitals that you can find in the city are the University Hospital of Saint-Etienne, and the Hôpital Nord, which you can find at 42055 Saint Etienne cedex 2.
There are a number of universities in Saint-Etienne, along with a few campuses of other universities from elsewhere in the country. Among these are the Jean Monnet University, the École nationale d’ingénieurs de Saint-Étienne or ENISE, the École nationale supérieure des mines de Saint-Étienne, which is also known as the EMSE or ENSMSE, the Saint-Étienne School of Management and the Institut supérieur des techniques avancées de Saint-Étienne or ISTASE.
The Jean Monnet University is a public university, which is under the jurisdiction of the Academy of Lyon. Aside from the campus in Carnot, it has many other campuses all over the country, including Tréfilerie, Bellevue, la Métare and Roanne.
The École nationale supérieure des mines de Saint-Étienne is one of the esteemed “Grandes Ecoles” of France, its primary focus being engineering. Entry requirements in these types of schools are very stringent and they have traditionally been responsible for producing many the country’s top politicians, engineers, scientists and high-ranking public officials. ENSMSE proudly upholds this tradition and their educational excellence have secured them a place among the top ten engineering schools in the country.
Commercial Places in Saint-Etienne
As you can imagine from a country that is renowned the world over for the range and excellence of its cuisine, Saint-Etienne is no less gifted, offering a host of restaurants, cafes and coffee shops that uphold the tradition of French culinary supremacy admirably. And it is not only French food that they excel in. Reflecting the wide range of different cultures from all over the world that have infused the city’s social fabric, Saint-Etienne also offers a wealth of International dining establishments.
Nevertheless traditional French cuisine is probably what you came here for, and the Anjou Restaurant at the Hotel D’anjou will not disappoint. Located at the Avenue Denfert Rochereau, Anjou has built its stellar reputation on its elegant yet accommodating atmosphere and excellent rapées.
The Aux Terrasses De Bacchus is another restaurant that offers traditional French dishes and they offer dinner dancing besides, although you will have to request this in advance.
Corne D’aurochs again offers traditional French cooking, but this time with a decidedly home-style approach. Make no mistake though: there is nothing home-style about the interior and the rustic charm of the food makes the experience all the more memorable.
Service Establishments of Saint-Etienne
The EDF is in charge of electrical supply services in Saint-Etienne. You can reach them at Agence Centre Deux and you can call them at 0 810 304 363.
To get your telephone service connected–or disconnected for that matter–you will have to get in touch with France Telecom, and you can find them at 21 Place Fourneyron, 42002, Saint-Etienne Cedex 1. You can also call them at 04 77 42 53 14.
You can quickly get emergency police assistance from anywhere in the city by simply dialing 17 from any telephone. You can also get in touch with the fire department and avail of an ambulance pickup service just as easily, by dialing 18 and 15 respectively.
If you are new in town, you might find it helpful to get in touch with the Tourist Office at 16, ave de la Libération. Their telephone number is 04 77 49 39 00.
Embassies in Saint-Etienne
If you require any consular assistance while you are in Saint-Etienne, you will have to contact the office of the British Consulate-General in Lyon as there is no consular office in town. You can find them at 24 rue Childebert, 69002 Lyon, and you can reach them by telephone at (33) 4 72 77 81 70 or fax them at (33) 4 72 77 81 79. Their office hours are from Monday to Friday 0900 to 1200 and then again at 1400 to 1630 local time.
You can also get in touch with the British Embassy in Paris at 35 rue du Faubourg St Honoré, 75383. Their telephone number is (33) 1 44 51 31 00 and if you wish to get in touch with the British Council directly, you can call this number: (33) 1 49 55 73 00. You can also fax them at the following numbers:
(33) 1 44 51 32 88 for management-related concerns,
(33) 1 44 51 34 01 for commercial inquiries,
(33) 1 44 51 32 34 for press and communications,
(33) 1 44 51 34 85 for political and economic issues,
(33) 1 44 51 34 40 for defense and global issues as well as strategic threats,
(33) 1 44 51 31 27 for consular assistance,
(33) 1 44 51 31 28 for Visa assistance, and finally II. Residential Places in Saint-Etienne