Les Marches is a village in the Savoie region of France. It sits in the foothills of the Alps between Chambery and Grenoble. There has been a friendship link between the Stepps community and Les Marches since 1995.

The friendship started when the Lespinasse family from Les Marches were holidaying in Scotland and happened to stay at the Craigendmuir campsite. Didier Lespinasse made the connection between Stepps and Les Marches (The Steps). Didier''s efforts led to the start of a link between the two communities. A growing number of individuals and families became involved in the friendship.

The determination of everyone involved to strengthen the relationship led in 2001 to a decision, supported by North Lanarkshire Council, to enter into a formal Twinning of our two communities. The first part of the Twinning process took place in September 2002 when a party of 39 people travelled from Stepps to Les Marches. The process was completed by a return visit from Les Marches to Stepps in October 2003.

In October 2013 the group celebrated it''s 10th Anniversary of the formal twinning when 52 people from Les Marches visited Stepps.  The occasion was marked with a civic reception in The Stepps Cultural Centre with over 100 people.  The Provost of North Lanarkshire Mr James Robertson, Councillor Brian Wallace and Councillor William Hogg were among the guests along with Guy Gamen, Mayor of Les Marches, Evelyne Brisa, Depute Mayor of Les Marches and Councillor Lionel Ghiazza.  Music was provided by The Stepps Songsters and The Music Group from St Ambrose High School.  In the evening everyone enjoyed a ceilidh dance.  A night to remember. Tears were shed when the group left Stepps on Monday morning after once again seeing friendships between the 2 villages becoming stronger.

Trip to Les Marches - Friday 25 - Monday 28 September 2015

 A group of 34 members of the twinning association from Stepps enjoyed another wonderful weekend in Les Marches.  The group was met at Geneva Airport by members of the Les Marches Committee.  We then travelled to Les Marches via the mountains of Les Bauges, stopping to take in some fantastic panoramic views.  On arriving in Les Marches we were welcomed by host families and children from the local school sang some French songs.  On Saturday visits were organised to the town of Chambery and various places of interest.  Saturday evening the group was joined by our friends from Les Marches for a delicious dinner and afterwards, a sing-song and dancing.  After being picked up by coach very early on Sunday morning, we visited an ancient monastery in the mountain of Chartreuse.  After sharing a picnic in the park, amidst the lovely sunshine, we then visited a cheese factory in Entremont Le Vieux.  On Monday 34 jubilant but tired people departed Les Marches.  There is a vibrant youth group in Les Marches, but unfortunately Stepps Youth Group is no longer youth, therefore at the moment the group would be interested to hear from any young person between the age of 14 - 18 that would be interested in becoming involved with the group.