CHARLOTTESVILLE SISTER CITY:  
BESANÇON, FRANCE

Due to cultural, historic and even geographical similarities, the sister cities of Besançon and Charlottesville are alike in several ways.

A sister city agreement between both cities was signed on October 20th, 2006. However, exchanges between the two cities have been taking place for a quarter of a century. 

Besançon and Charlottesville exchange students have been welcomed in their respective cities by organizations and host families. A delegation of L'Alliance Française of Charlottesville visited Besançon to meet city officials. The mayor of Besançon, Jean-Louis Fousseret has visited Charlottesville several times to assist cultural events.    

For more information on the Sister City program, click here.

 

 

INTERESTING SIMILARITIES BETWEEN OUR TWO SISTER CITIES:

BESANÇON

  • Population: 123 000 inhabitants 
  • Distance to the Capital: 2.5 hours from Paris
  • University: The University of Franche-Comté (20 000 students) 
  • Town Center: Remarkable architecture and a pedestrian Main street 
  • Town of Bibliophiles: Record number of bookshops per capita in France 
  • Politics: Traditionally Socialist 
  • Writers: Association of authors of the Franche-Comté region
  • Cinema: Home town of the Lumière brothers
  • Engineering: Hilaire de Chardonnet's place of birth
  • Horticulture: Floralies Celebration 
  • Forests: Surrounded by the forest of Chailluz 

CHARLOTTESVILLE

  • Population: 120 000 inhabitants
  • Distance to the Capital: 2.5 hours from Washington
  • University: The University of Virginia (20 000 students) 
  • Town Center: Remarkable architecture and a pedestrian Main street
  • Town of Bibliophiles: Record number of books per capita in the United States
  • Politics: Traditionally Democrat 
  • Writers: Writers Club of Charlotteville
  • Cinema: Home of the Virginia Film Festival
  • Engineering: Textile Institute of Technology 
  • Horticulture: Dogwood Festival
  • Forests: Surrounded by the Shenandoah forest

AN INTRODUCTION TO BESANÇON

 

GASTRONOMY FROM FRANCHE COMTÉ

 

LIFE IN BESANÇON