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Information about FOIX Foix is certainly worth a detour with its castle turrets and battlements standing out against the skyline. In 1290 Foix became home to the counts of Bearn. The most dynamic count was Gaston Fébus who appreciated literature and poetry but also ordered the death of his own brother and son. The counts resisted French rule until 1607 when the area was annexed and fell under the rule of King Henri IV. Below the castle you'll find an 11th-century church and narrow streets lined with medieval, half-timbered houses. Look out for the small bronze fountain 'de L'Oie' (goose) on rue des Marchands. Foix is a great base for exploring the Vallee de L'Ariege and will appeal particularly to those who enjoy mountain biking and pre-Pyrenean walking. Others may prefer the underground river of Labouiche which forms an impressive limestone subterranean gallery.
 
Available Trades in FOIX AGRICULTURE - LIVESTOCK - PISCICULTURE & FORESTRY SERVICES
ARCHITECTS - DESIGNERS - ENGINEERS & SURVEYORS
BANKING - FINANCING & INSURANCE
CONSTRUCTION & MATERIALS
EDUCATION & TRAINING
ENTERTAINMENT & LEISURE
HEALTH & BEAUTY
LEGAL SERVICES
MEDICINE & MEDICAL SERVICES
REAL ESTATE & PROPERTY SERVICES
SALES & SERVICES - MAIL ORDER & E-SHOPPING
SOUND RECORDING - EVENT STAGING & PRODUCTION
TRADE & BUSINESS - IMPORT-EXPORT & WHOLESALER
 


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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