Allauch is a French commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of France. It is located 12 km north-east of Marseille, 10 km north-east of Aubagne and 35 km south of Aix-en-Provence.
It is mainly well-known for Marcel Pagnol (1895-1974), French writer and filmmaker. As a child he spent his holidays in the Bastide Neuve in the district of Bellons which, contrary to popular belief, is in the Allauch commune. In his Souvenirs d’enfance (“La Gloire de mon père”, “Le Château de ma mère”, “Le Temps des secrets”…) , he located many of his adventures in the hills of Allauch such as the “Grosibou Cave”, the Baume Sourne, the Escaoupres etc. Later, he would write Manon des sources in these hills. Finally he shot scenes in his film Angèle in the old town (the Terrasse du Petit-Goûter, the Rue Frédéric-Chevillon) and others in the hills of Allauch (the Gours, the Jas de Batisto).