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Information about TARBES TARBES is the second-largest town in the Midi-Pyrenees region, and the prefecture of the Hautes-Pyrenees departement. The site is better known as a base for skiers than as a site of architectural interest. Although heavily damaged during the wars of religion, the town has forged a new identity. It was a garrison town, and its most famous military hero is Marechal Foch, one of the most important figures of World War One. Monuments to him are almost everywhere, among them a bronze statue in front of the Parachute Regiment barracks. His home is open to the public in the unsurprisingly named rue de la Victoire. Inside, each room retraces a step in his life. The soldier’s faithful steed for many centuries has been the horse, and Napoleon was responsible for the creation of an equestrian centre in Tarbes. Right in the centre of town, the Massey Garden looks like an English Park with giant Himalayan Cedars and Giant Sequoias. Massey was a naturalist who also helped with the design of the Versailles park near Paris. His garden in Tarbes also contains a museum, featuring European painting from the Renaissance to today Tarbes has been a garrison town for nearly 200 years, but it is also the town of horses. During the summer, you can ride in a horse-drawn carriage or visit the national stud. Created by Napoleon, it is one of the biggest studs in France. Tarbes also opens its doors to numerous competitions: show jumping, dressage or showing... Rugby is also revered in this sporting town, which also hosts the international "Les Petits As" tennis tournament Because of its location, Tarbes is counting on tourism to compensate for the industrial slump and consequent unemployment. Tarbes is developing intercommune relationships with Lourdes and Pau, and is seeking to set up a university campus. It places its hopes in advanced technologies and the food industry, trying to capitalize on the famous "haricots Tarbais" (Tarbe beans).
 
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CLOTHING - TEXTILES & ACCESSORIES
CONSTRUCTION & MATERIALS
EDUCATION & TRAINING
ENERGY - GAS - ELECTRICITY &WATER - SERVICES
ENTERTAINMENT & LEISURE
FOOD - BEVERAGE & NEWSAGENTS
HEALTH & BEAUTY
LEGAL SERVICES
MEDICINE & MEDICAL SERVICES
MOTORING
PUBLISHING & PRINTING
REAL ESTATE & PROPERTY SERVICES
SERVICES & AGENCIES
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FRANCE

General Information
Capital: Paris
Area: 545,630 sq km (339,054 sq miles) (not including overseas territories).2
Population: 65,073,482
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Two-pin plugs are widely used
IDD: +33
Emergency number: 17
Timezone: GMT +1 Hr (+2 Hrs MAR-OCT)

Language
Language: French (official). Rapidly declining regional dialects and languages (Provencal, Breton, Alsatian, Corsican, Catalan, Basque, Flemish)

Government
Government: Republic.

Religion
Religion: 80% Catholic, Muslim and Protestant denominations

Health
Health: The following vaccinations are recommended: Tetanus.

Currency
Currency: Euro (EUR) 1.00 = 100 Cents

Exchange Rate
Exchange Rate: All 100.00 = USD = 66.8534 EUR GBP = 110.480 EUR CHF = 661543

Business Hours
Business Hours: Mon-Fri: 09.00-12.00 and 14.00-18.00

Speed Limit
Speed Limit: Cities: 50 km/h, Outside Cities: 90 km/h, Dual carriageways: 110 km/h, Motorways: 130 km/h

Traffic
Traffic: Traffic drives on the right. Minimum age 18 years. Wearing of seat belts is compulsory in front and back seats.

Driving License
Driving License: National license

National Holidays
National holidays: Jan 1 New Year"s Day, Easter (variable), 1 May Workers" Day, 8 May Victory Day, 25 May Ascensión, Jul 14 Bastille Day, Ago 15 Ascension Day, , Nov 1 All Saints" Day, Nov 11 Armistice Day, Dec 25 Christmas Day

Climate
Climate: The south of France has a warm Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. Strong winds, known as la Mistral, can occur in the Cote d"Azur, Provence and in the Rhone valley particularly over the winter and spring. Northern France, including Paris, has a temperate climate with warm summers, cold winters and rainfall throughout the year. The western coast, is milder and summer days are generally very hot.

Temperatures
 
Temperatures:
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
A3471014171919161174
P564635425754596455505150
S235678876422
A=Aver. Daily Temp. (°C)
P=Precipitation (mm)
S=Sunshine (Hrs/Month)

Mobile Network
Mobile Network: GSM 900 / 1800 3G 2100

GPS
GPS: 48 52 N, 2 19.59 E

Shopping Hours
Shopping Hours: Department stores are open 09.00-20.00. Most shops are closed between 12.00 and 14.30. Food shops are open 07.00-19.00/19.30. Some food shops (particulary bakers) are open Sunday mornings, in which case they will probably be closed on Monday. Many shops are closed all day or half-day Monday. Hypermarkets are normally open from 9.00 to 19.00/20.00, sometimes until 21.00 or 22.00.


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