Talloires is a small town and commune of the Haute-Savoie département, in the Rhône-Alpes région of eastern France. Talloires is located south of Geneva, Switzerland, on Lake Annecy, near the border of Italy. The town is situated on the hills, along a bay on the east side of the lake. At least one travel book calls Talloires the "most romantic village" in France. The main business of the town is tourism, although it is still a complete community in its own right, with a central church, post office, bank, library, and a small general store. Because of the remote location, accessible only by lengthy drives through very narrow, winding, mountain roads, most tourists in Talloires are from neighboring parts of France, Switzerland and Italy. The residents are less likely to speak English than might be expected in more metropolitan areas of France.

Visitors may find that speaking French, at least in short phrases, will be necessary, even when ordering meals at the major restaurants in the town. Several international conferences have been conducted in Talloires, especially within the educational community. At least one international declaration was created in Talloires. The town was the birthplace of "The Talloires Declaration: University Presidents for a Sustainable Future," an influential declaration on actions required by university leaders to reverse "environmental pollution and degradation, and the depletion of natural resources." Also, several conferences of the Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, have been held in Talloires.

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