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Young, modern and dynamic: Toulouse!

This city tingles your spine with a Latin heat that inspires both its temperature and architecture. Toulouse is the 4th largest French city, in the heart of southwestern France. The town is ideally located halfway between the Pyrénées Mountains, the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Toulouse is traversed by the Garonne River and the charming Canal du Midi.

Short history

The city seduces by its small sinuous streets and diverse medieval to modern monuments, as the City Hall and its Donjon (XVIth), or the numerous noble townhouses (XVIth-XIXth). Toulouse is a cosmopolitan and enthusiastic town, mixing historical heritage and modern lifestyle.
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Cultural aspects

Toulouse has one of the most intense cultural calendars sustained by one of the best symphonic orchestra of France, a variety of music festivals and theaters, and a large variety of museums. Gastronomic specialties include the famous ‘saucisse de Toulouse’, the ‘Cassoulet’, and the delicate ‘foie gras’.
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University and High Tech Sciences

The university, founded in 1229, is the third largest in France, one of the oldest in Europe. Major fields are Aeronautics, Electronics and Electrotechnics, Agronomy, Health Sciences and Earth and Planetary sciences. Toulouse has been chosen to host the EuroScience Open Forum in 2018, becoming the European City of Science.
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Weather

The Toulouse region has pleasant temperate climate at the beginning of the automn (~ 20°C).
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A little bit of sport

Toulouse is also well known for its rugby union club, its professional football team and the top-level handball and volleyball teams.

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