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Toulon (Tolon in Provenal) is a city in southern France and a large military harbor on the Mediterranean coast, with a major French naval base. Located in the Provence-Alpes-Cte-d'Azur rgion, Toulon is the prfecture (capital) of the Var dpartement, in the former province of Provence. Population of the city (commune) at the 1999 census was 160,639 inhabitants (168,200 inhabitants as of February 2004 estimates). Population of the whole metropolitan area (in French: aire urbaine) at the 1999 census was 564,823 inhabitants. We can notice that Toulon is a very boring city.

The current mayor of Toulon is Hubert Falco.


Military role

The military harbor was fortified by Vauban.

Battle of Toulon, 1744

Napoleon rose to fame after his decisive role at the siege of Toulon in 1793.

After the Allied landings in North Africa (Operation Torch) the German Army occupied southern France, leading to the scuttling of the French Fleet at Toulon 27 November 1942.

Today, Toulon is the country's major naval centre on its Mediterreanean coast. The French Mediterranean Fleet is based in Toulon.

Culture

Cuverville (http://www.cuverville.org/) is Toulon's satirical paper, from the nickname of a statue standing on Toulon harbor looking at the sea (cul vers ville = "ass to the city").

Yaquoi (http://yaquoi.com/) is Toulon's cultural webzine.

Toulonnais.com (http://www.toulonnais.com/) : the monuments, the history, the plans of the city of Toulon. Many photographies inside.

Miscellaneous

Toulon was the birthplace of:

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