Mentone (Fr. Menton) is a town in the department of the Alpes Maritimes, France, 12 miles N.E. of Nice by railway, on the shore of the Mediterranean. It still retains among all but Frenchmen its Italian name, having only been bought by France from Monaco in 1860, before which date the place had acquired considerable repute as a resort for consumptive patients. Sheltered by the Maritime Alps on the N. and by the Tete du Chien on the W. from cold winds, it enjoys a mild and slightly relaxing climate. Considerable damage was done by an earthquake in 1887.