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Cosne from the river

Cosne from the river

Welcome to the website for Harpenden’s French Town Twinning Association. We are twinned with Cosne-Cours sur Loire (often shortened to Cosne) in France.

We are a group of people with an interest in France and the French, who meet to deepen the links between Harpenden and Cosne in France.

We organize a number of social events throughout the year which help to raise funds for our exchange visits. These visits offer the opportunity to build personal links with the French ‘host’ families. In addition, the visits include many interesting activities organized by our French hosts.

If you want to maintain your French language skills there is a French conversation group which meets monthly in people’s homes and French speakers of all abilities get the chance to practise the language.

Cosne-Cours sur Loire

Situated in the upper Loire valley, it is two small provincial towns which have been conjoined. It is situated some 120 miles south of Paris and 30 miles north of Nevers (twinned with St Albans).

The population is about 12,000 and the area has a mix of light industry, service industries and wine production. Quality wines from the region include Pouilly Fumé and Sancerre.

There are specialist colleges for the agricultural and wine industries and for water treatment sciences.