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Gex is a commune in the Ainmarker department in eastern Francemarker.

It lies from the Swissmarker border and from Genevamarker. It is a sous-préfecture of Ain.

History

The town gave its name to the Pays de Gex, at various times under the jurisdiction of France, Switzerlandmarker and the Duchy of Savoy.

With the 1815 Protocol of the Conference of Paris, (signed on 20 November) and the Treaty of Paris of the same date, Gex was placed in the Customs region of Switzerland and neutralised. The resolutions regarding the Pays de Gex were annulled by Art 435 of the Treaty of Versailles. In November 1923 France moved its customs office to Gex, and the matter was brought before the Permanent Court of International Justice (predecessor of the International Court of Justicemarker), which decided in favour of Switzerland. A compromise was reached in 1932.

Historically, citizens spoke a dialect of the Franco-Provençal language.

Economy

Its principal market for exports is Geneva.

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