RIVE-DE-GIER, a town of east-central France, in the department of Loire, 14 m. E.N.E. of St Etienne, on the railway to Lyons. Pop. (1906) 15,338.
Situated on the Gier and the Canal de Givors, it is principally dependent on the coal industry, giving its name to a coalbasin which is a continuation of that of St Etienne. It has glass works, the products of which are celebrated on account of the fineness and purity of the sand found on the banks of 1 Louis Rene Quantin de Richebourg, Chevalier de Champcenetz (1760-1794), died on the scaffold. He is not to be confounded with Louis Pierre, marquis de Champcenetz, governor of the Tuilcries in 1789, who escaped in 1792 through the protection of Mme. Elliott, mistress of the due d'Orleans.
Rive-de-Gier is a place of some antiquity, as appears from remains of Gallo-Roman buildings, and mosaics and coins found at various times. In the time of Henry IV. the working of the mines had already given to the locality a measure of importance.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)