Bordering on the Chaîne des Puys – Limagne fault World Heritage site, the Allier river and the famous Gergovie plateau, the Clermont metropolitan area is blessed with a prime location at the heart of a grandiose and unspoiled natural environment. Home to over 290,000 people, including 40,000 students and 7,000 researchers, Clermont-Ferrand is on the leading edge of technological, industrial, pharmaceutical and agri-food innovation. It also provides fertile ground for entrepreneurs, including a French Tech label and multinationals such as Michelin and Limagrain. Clermont boasts a pantheon of champions, such as the ASM Clermont Auvergne rugby team, Renaud Lavillenie, Rémi Cavagna and more. It is also a flourishing heritage and cultural metropolis, including the creation of the first Centre of Initiation to Art for children from 0 to 6 as a joint project with the Pompidou Centre and a vibrant cultural scene that bolster its bid to become the 2028 European Capital of Culture.