The French town of Lons -le- Saunier, with 17,496 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2011) the chief town of the department of Jura. It is located about halfway between the north Dole and Bourg -en- Bresse in the south. The city is drained by the river Vallière; However, it is largely underground, to reduce the risk of flooding.
The Romans used the thermal springs of Lons -le- Saunier. The city was then called Ledo salinarius ( Salt City ).
- The city has with the Saint -Désiré also one of the oldest crypts of the Jura. It dates from the 11th century.
- The city museum houses exhibits on local history, paintings and sculptures.
Lons -le- Saunier is home to the famous processed cheese " La vache qui rit " ( The Laughing Cow ) Further, in the area since the Middle Ages viticulture; . Place belongs to the Jura wine region.
Offenburg in Baden- Württemberg is sister city of Lons -le- Saunier.
Sons and daughters of the town
- Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle (1760-1836), composer, poet and officer, wrote in April 1792 in Strasbourg, the Marseillaise
- Louis Vuitton (1821-1892), trunk maker and entrepreneur
- Maurice Joly (1829-1878), lawyer and writer
- Auguste Bailly (1878-1967), author, historian and linguist
- René Remond (1918-2007), historian and political scientist
- Bernard Clavel (1923-2010), writer
- Michel Jouvet ( born 1925 ), a neuroscientist and dream researchers
- Jean -François Stévenin (* 1944), actor, screenwriter and film director