Saint-Raphaël

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Saint-Raphaël

(săN-räfäĕl`), town (1990 pop. 26,799), Var dept., SE France, on the French RivieraRiviera
, narrow coastal strip between the Alps and the Mediterranean, extending, roughly, from La Spezia (Italy) to Hyères (France). Famous for its scenic beauty and for its mild winter climate, and dotted with fashionable resorts, hotels, and villas, the Riviera is a
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. It is an elegant resort and a small commercial port as well as an important naval air base and the site of a naval school. Napoleon Bonaparte landed at Saint-Raphaël on his return from Egypt in 1799.