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Menton (Mentan in mentonasco, Mentone in Italian) is a French town located in the department of Alpes-Maritimes, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. It is located almost on the Italian border, halfway between the Italian city of Ventimiglia and the principality of Monaco. The gentilicio of its inhabitants in the mentonasca language is: mentonasc or mentounasc in singular and mentonaschi (pronunciation: [mentonaski]) in plural.
The foundation of the population was made by the ligures, (which also founded Monaco and other nearby towns), and after various historical avatars, in which he changed his vassalage again and again, it became a city around 1200. From 1346 to 1848, The city of Mentón belonged to the Principality of Monaco, with the only interruption of the French Revolution. After a brief period in which he belonged to Sardinia, in 1860 he became part of France, as a result of a referendum. During World War II it was occupied by Italy, from 1940 to 1943.
Lemon is one of the symbols of Menton, since it is the only region in France where lemon trees bear fruit, thanks to an incomparable microclimate. The Lemon Festival has been celebrated for some years in February. The geographer Elisée Reclus gave him the nickname "The Pearl of France". The villa looks out over the Mediterranean Sea, and has a beautiful bell tower. The Spanish novelist Vicente Blasco Ibáñez and Aubrey Beardsley resided and died in Mentón, as well as Pilar Cuevas and Bringas Marquesa de Alta Villa Casale Monferrato del Piedmont and Jean Cocteau spent long periods. Also the English writer Lesley Blanch lived in the town.