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City (pop., 2004 est.: 157,500), southeastern France. It lies along the Isère River, which divides the city into two parts. The old town occupies the cramped right bank, while the newer part of the town spreads out into the plain on the left bank. Grenoble was the capital of the Dauphiné. It was a centre of the French Resistance during World War II. Sites of interest include a 13th-century cathedral, the 15th-century Palais de Justice, and the University of Grenoble (founded 1339).

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