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Aveyron Facts

- Surface area:
- Elevation:
  144 m (472 ft.) to
   1,463 m (4799 ft.)
- Land use:
  Farming, 59%
   Forest, 30%
- Population:
  roughly 280,000
- Population density:
  Aveyron 31/km2
   France: 112/km2
- The highest density of
   paved roads in all of
  66,600 kms!!


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Toulouse, capital of the Midi-Pyrénées region, is a pink city, seductive, attracting and the 4th largest city in France. Young, modern, and active, this metropolis of European scale vibrates with a Latin warmth inspiring its temperament and its architecture.

Covered with russet tiles and bricks coloured red-orange, Toulouse is ranked high on the list of French cities where living is good. As well, Toulouse is France's third university city with 110,000 students, meaning a festive allure, and a never-sleeping city. Its economic life is also successful; the cradle of Concorde plane and the Ariane missile, home of the Airbus planes, the pink city is involved in aeronautics and space for almost a century.

Warm and spontaneous, Toulouse has had a century love affair with rugby. This culture became embodied by the Toulouse stadium, and one of the northern hemisphere's best teams.

As well, Toulouse has a quasi love affair with its river, the Garonne. Originating in the Pyrénées mountains, the Garonne is lined with sunshine bathed embankments. These are the preferred walking areas for the people of Toulouse. On Garonne right banks, one can find the historic heart of a city known since the Middle ages for its sophistication and its spirit freedom.

As well, Toulouse is a great metropolis with a village atmosphere. Its downtown centre is quite easy to discover on foot or using the subway. 

Airbus Delivery Centre. Photo credit: Yann Arthus-Bertrand