Limousin

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Located in central France, Limousin is one of the most rural regions in the country. Perfect for those looking for remote, tranquil and unspoiled landscapes.

Limousin is made up of 3 departments. Haute Vienne, Creuse and Correze. The capital of Haute Vienne is Limoges, the capital of Creuse is Gueret and Tulle is the capital of Correze.

Old churches, castles, charming villages and bastides are dotted in the lush green wooded hills.

If you love watersports, you won’t be disappointed. Limousin has numerous rivers and lakes and deep gorges. It has excellent territory for fishing, kayaking, sailing and canoeing.
There is only one large town which is Limoges, a glorious place famed for its pottery.

Limousin is often called and referred to as Frances profonde, which means the “heartland of France” It is also described as the gateway between the serious industrious north and the relaxed southern world of the Mediterranean.

As opposed to neighbouring regions, property and living costs are a lot cheaper. It is a sparsely populated region located next to Dordogne and is largely undiscovered by foreigners. However, it is becoming more popular with British second homebuyers. If you are a keen renovator there is still plenty of run down or deserted property found here, just waiting for a restoration project.

The major industry of Limousin is agriculture, however the soil is not particularly fertile so livestock, in particular cattle, accounts for more than 90% of total output.

Several years ago, there was a mass exodus from agriculture. The impact was huge and even resulted in the French government going to the lengths of advertising in the British agricultural press and offering support to the British farmers wishing to go to France to revive the farming industry of Limousin. The large agricultural sector had attracted the agrofoods industry. Companies such as BSN, the French food conglomerate basing themselves in the region.

The region supplies France with 50% of its uranium and 25% of its gold production.

Economic development has been the focus in recent years for an impoverished Limousin. Many companies have been offered incentives and subsidies for locating themselves here.

New investments like a science park, research institutions and many companies have arrived in the area with many more businesses expected.

A world leader in low voltage electrical equipment, Legrand has located its head quarters and manufacturing centre in the area. Limousin’s pulp and paper industry is also undergoing expansion as until now it’s 555,000 hectares of woodlands has not been taken advantage of as an important resource.

All the new activity combined with cheap property makes Limousin a potentially exciting option for new comers, who are on the hunt for employment opportunities with the added bonus of a peaceful green living environment. A win win situation.

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