St. Etienne, France
In commemoration of our twinning relationship between the city of Saint-Etienne in the Loire Department and the Rhone-Alpes region, France and the City of Windsor in the County of Essex in the Province of Ontario, Canada signed in Saint-Etienne on June 11, 1963, we hereby renew our commitment as twin cities in recognition of friendship and understand our social, cultural, economic and educational bonds.
Saint-Etienne is located in the French department of Loire; it is the second largest city in the Rhône-Alpes region in the East of France and has a population of about 180,000; this number increases to 400,000 when the population of the surrounding areas is included. Saint-Etienne was once known as a mining city, but with a decline in traditional industries, it has reinvented itself as a centre for manufacturing and high-tech industries. It is most prominently known for its heritage and culture, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has recognized the city as a "Town of Art and History" in 2000 and a "City of Design" in 2010. There are more than a dozen museums, known for housing the largest modern and contemporary art collections in France, most notably the Cite du Design, Museum of Art and Industry, Le Corbusier Site, and Firminy.
The year 2013 marked the year for closer relations, as Windsor hosted a delegation from St. Etienne to attend the International Children’s Games and celebrated the 50th-anniversary twin city celebration. In addition, the University of Windsor has furthered collaborative efforts by setting student exchange links with universities in St. Etienne.