Midi-Pyrenees, Southwest France
With an area of 45,348 km², Midi-Pyrenees is the largest of Metropolitan France’s 22 regions. It is larger than Denmark or the Netherlands. To the south Midi-Pyrenees extends to the Pyrenees Mountains, and borders Spain. In the northeast it touches the Massif Central, and westward, it opens to the Aquitaine region along the Atlantic Ocean. To the east, it looks towards the Mediterranean Sea.
Toulouse, the regional capital, is an hour from Paris by plane, 240 km from Bordeaux and 390 km from Barcelona by car. Metropolitan Toulouse has the highest growth rate in France. Midi-Pyrenees and Toulouse are regularly cited at the top of the list in opinion polls for their attractiveness, vitality and the quality of life.
Midi-Pyrenees, France’s second most attractive region
- 32,000 new residents arrive each year
- Third-ranked region in France for international investments
- Four competitiveness clusters, including a global one, and many industrial clusters in agri-business, cosmetics, automotive, mechanical engineering, water treatment, sensors, ICT, robotics, rail, etc.
Midi-Pyrenees, a region with a strong international culture
- 120,000 foreign residents
- International educational establishments welcome children of expatriates, from primary through secondary levels:
- 34 consulates or consular representations
- Over 400 foreign companies employing nearly 60,000 people.
- Aeronautics and Space
- More than 68,000 jobs
- Home to the global headquarters of EADS, Airbus, ATR, Daher-Socata
- Aerospace Valley, the World Competitiveness Cluster in Aeronautics, Space, Embedded Systems, linking the Midi-Pyrenees & Aquitaine regions
- World leader in civil aeronautics
- European market leader in the design and manufacture of space systems and their applications with the big names in space: CNES (French Space Agency), Airbus Defence and Space, Thales Alenia Space.
- Information and Communication Technologies
- More than 34,000 jobs
- The development of the aeronautics and space industries has stimulated growth in computer science, electronics and telecommunications in Midi-Pyrenees. Today, the region is a major player in France for ICT development
- The leading French region for software publication, computer programming, the manufacture of electrical and electronic equipment
- 25,000 jobs (more than 80,000 including agriculture)
- Leaders such as 3A Coop, Andros, Société des Caves & Producteurs Réunis de Roquefort
- 3 major sectors: agro-industries, in particular milk, meat, fruit and vegetables, agri-business supplies and non-food agricultural products
- The Agrimip Sud-Ouest Innovation competitive cluster
- As an indication of the importance of agriculture in southwest France, and its quality, the region is the leader in France for its production complying with quality labels, guaranteed origins and organic agriculture areas.
- Over 10,000 jobs
- Companies such as Mérial, Pierre Fabre, Sanofi, Nutrition & Santé
- Cancer-Bio-Health competitiveness cluster
- A region conducive to the development of future health services, at the crossroads of expertise in aeronautics, space, ICT, agri-business and biotechnology.
The Highest Proportion of Research in France
- Leading French region and the eighth in Europe for the intensity of research (R & D expenditures/GDP)
- Leading French region for the number of researchers in the overall job pool
- Third-ranked region in France for the number of patents filed (740 in 2011), up 5.3% from 2010 to 2011
- 28,100 researchers, including 17,900 in private research (with players such as Airbus, Thales, Pierre Fabre and Sanofi) and 10,200 researchers in the public sector (3rd French region)
A high level of qualification
- 4 Universities, 16 prestigious engineering schools and higher education establishments
- 116,900 students
- Second in France for the number of degrees awarded each year,
- 91.3% success rate in the baccalaureate examination in 2012 (national average: 84.5%).
Southern France - known for the good life
- Unesco World Heritage sites
- A unique collection of 25 "Great Sites", an appellation of southwestern France to identify the most remarkable sights of our region
- Large natural spaces
- A land of culture and fine food
Are you thinking of setting up business in Midi-Pyrenees?
Madeeli, the regional development agency, created and funded by the Regional Midi-Pyrenees Council, provides free, confidential advice, and offers you personalized support:
- Information on human resources, the industrial fabric, R & D,
- Selection of available buildings and land,
- Establishing financial aid applications,
- Introductions to potential partners,
- Support for international development.
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