- Limousin (region)
Infobox French region
native_name = Région Limousin
common_name = Limousin
image_flag_size = 125px
image_logo_size = 65px
area = 16,942 | area_scale = 10
Regional president =
population_rank = 22nd
population_census = 710,939
population_census_year = 1999
population_estimate = 727,000
population_estimate_year = 2007
population_density = 43
population_density_year = 2007
arrondissements = 8
cantons = 106
communes = 747
Corrèze Creuse Haute-Vienne
Occitan: "Lemosin") is one of the 26 regions of France. It is composed of three départements; Corrèze, Creuse and the Haute-Vienne.
The modern region of Limousin is essentially composed of two historical French provinces:
* Marche: most of the
Creusedepartment and the north of the Haute-Vienne. The old province of Marche is almost entirely contained inside the current Limousin region, with only a small part of Marche being now in the Centre region.
Beside these two main provinces, Limousin is also composed of small parts of other former provinces:
Today the province of Limousin is the most populated part of the Limousin region.
Limoges, the historical capital and largest city of the province of Limousin is the capital of the Limousin administrative region.
With a slowly rising population of just under 750,000, Limousin is the second least populated French region in
Metropolitan Franceafter Corsica. There are fewer inhabitants in Limousin than in the city of Marseille.
The population of Limousin is aging and, until 1999, it was declining. The Creuse department has the oldest population of any in France. Between 1999 and 2004 the population of Limousin increased slightly, reversing a decline for the first time in decades.Fact|date=April 2008
Limousin is an essentially rural region. Famed for some of the best beef farming in the world, herds of Limousin cattle—a distinctive chestnut red—are a common sight in the region. In addition to cattle, the region is also a major timber producing area.
Due to its rural locality it is also famed for their
French Oak orchards, so prized for its distinct characters and flavors in wine fermentation that only vintner Rémy Martinhas exclusive rights to their oak orchards. It is a partnership that is over 100 years old.
The regional capital, Limoges, was once an industrial power-base, world-renowned for its
porcelainand is still a leader and innovator in electric equipment factories (which used porcelain as an insulator originally). However, large factories are now few in number.
Corrèze is the department of the former President of France,
Jacques Chirac, and home to François Hollande(first secretary of the Socialist Party).
Geography and climate
The Limousin region is almost entirely an upland area. The lowest land is in the north-west of the region (approximately 250 m above sea level) and the highest land is roughly in the south-east (approximately 1000 m above sea level). However, the greater part of the region is above 350 m. There are numerous important rivers in the Limousin such as the Dordogne, Vienne, Creuse and Cher. The region is well-known for the high-quality of its water and for offering first rate fishing.
Although summer temperatures often exceed 32 °C – and have even reached 42 °C – the Limousin region has a damper and milder climate than its neighbours. Winters are often long and cold, especially in the higher areas, and snow is not at all uncommon.
The area around Brive in the Corrèze has more than 2000 hours per year of sunshine, the same as the southern city of
Culture and literature
Until the 1970s, Occitan was the primary language of rural areas. There remain several different Occitan dialects in use in Limousin, although their use is rapidly declining:
* Languedocien (quercynois)
The authors Jean Blanzat and
Jean Giraudouxwere both born in Bellac, in the Haute-Vienne. The artist Paul Rebeyrollewas born in the Limousin and British artist Geoff Bunnis now based there. Joseph Louis Gay-Lussacwas born in Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat, Haute-Vienne.
* [http://www.region-limousin.fr Limousin regional council website] , with a presentation video in English.
* [http://www.art-contemporain.20fr.com Art in the Limousin region]
* [http://pedagogie.ac-limoges.fr/hist_geo/ History and Geography (University of Limoges)]
* [http://limousin.wikidot.com Information site for the English community in Limousin]
* [http://www.offrench.net/photos/gallery-9.php Photos from Limousin]
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