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This guide is your first step toward discovering the Bordeaux region and getting settled here. This straightforward, practical guide provides general information about living in Bordeaux and will help you understand the workings of our city and the different services provided locally. It provides preliminary responses to questions facing all newcomers arriving in a large city: »» How can I get around the city? »» Where should I live? »» What economic sectors are present in the area? »» What educational establishments are there? »» What cultural, sports, or leisure activities exist?... And on a more general level, this guide includes an overview of the major urban projects that demonstrate the city’s vitality.

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Welcome to Bordeaux


Gironde County PARIS PARI A S POITIERS

Libourne St Emilion

Arcachon

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TOULOUSE


summar y Living in Bordeaux

Bordeaux on the podium ........................................................................................................................ 8 Bordeaux attitude ...................................................................................................................................... 9 Purchasing power ..................................................................................................................................... 15 Healthcare ..................................................................................................................................................... 17 Useful links ................................................................................................................................................... 18

Transport

Getting to Bordeaux ................................................................................................................................. 22 Getting around Bordeaux Region ...................................................................................................... 27 Useful links ................................................................................................................................................... 31

Living in the Bordeaux Region

Bordeaux’s Eight Districts .................................................................................................................... 35 Towns in the Bordeaux Metropolitan Area ................................................................................... 41 Useful links ................................................................................................................................................... 57

Discovering the Economy of Bordeaux

7 good reasons to set up in Bordeaux and Gironde ................................................................. 60 Economic profile ........................................................................................................................................ 61 International Networks ........................................................................................................................... 66 Economic sectors ..................................................................................................................................... 66 Useful links ................................................................................................................................................... 78

Studying in the Bordeaux region

Higher Education ....................................................................................................................................... 82 International Education .......................................................................................................................... 85 Useful links ................................................................................................................................................... 86


Living in Bordeaux


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THE 28 TOWNS OF BORDEAUX METROPOLE

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Talence Pessac

Bouliac Bègles

Blanquefort Gradignan

Villenave d’Ornon

Landes Pays Basque

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Toulouse Pyrénées

CarbonC Blanc Bassens

THE 8 DISTRICTS OF BORDEAUX CITY

Bordeaux maritime

Bruges

Lormont

Eysines Le Bouscat

Caudéran

Chartrons Grand Parc Jardin Public

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Cenon

Cimetierre de la Chartreuse

Bastide Centre ville

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Floirac Mérignac

Saint-Augustin Alphonse Dupeux Tauzin

Nansouty St-Genes

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Bordeaux Sud

Talence Pessac

Bègles

Bouliac

Groupe Hospitalier Pellegrin

Stade Chaban Delmas


MAIN SEEING OF BORDEAUX CITY

Bassins à Flots

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Cité du vin

Base Sous-Marine

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Les Hangars

Parc Rivière

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Grands Moulins de Paris

SAINT-SEURIN SA SAINT-SEU S AIN N SE NT-SEURIN SEU EEU URIN N FFONDAUDEGE ONDA AUDEGE AU UD U DEEG GE G place des Quinconces

Allée de Tourny

Grand Théâtre

Place Gambetta

LA BASTIDE STI ST Jardin Botanique

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CIT CITY T HA TY HALL H A ALL LLL Porte Cailhau Flêche Pey Berland

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Place de la Victoire

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Caserne La Benauge

Grosse Cloche

Basilique Flêche Saint-Michel Saint-Michel

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Palais Rohan (mairie)

Palais de Justice

Caserne Niel

Place de la Bourse

Porte Dijeaux

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Jardin Public

Gare Saint-Jean


Bordeaux on the podium top city

“to work in” (Institut Great Place to Work, Oct 2016)

The best city 4

in terms of th place in terms lifestyle and of economic capital (PwC, 2016)

BORDEAUX,

the most attractive city for Parisian executives (Cadremploi, Sept 2016)

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BORDEAUX,

3rd favorite city

BORDEAUX AIRPORT VOTED

of expatriates (The Local, 2016)

“Best Airport”

in the under 10 million passengers category (Air Transport News, 2016)

The most attractive city for rental investment (Guy Hoquet, 2016)


Bordeaux attitude Bordeaux Region, like south-west France more generally, are increasingly seen as a “great place to live” offering a healthy work-life balance.

Heritage and culture With over 2,000 years of history (Burdigala was one of the wealthiest cities of Gaul), the Bordeaux Region today boasts a rich culture, in terms of both heritage and events. The city’s increasing appeal and popularity also contribute to expanding these cultural offerings.

Heritage Monuments recalling the history of Bordeaux Region are plentiful and the Department is ranked second nationally for its number of listed monuments: Gallo-Roman ruins, medieval buildings and villages, fortified towns, Vauban’s citadels and fortifications, castles and abbeys, etc. The most iconic UNESCO-listed world heritage sites include: »» The village of Saint-Emilion »» The Citadel of Blaye with Fort Médoc in Cussac and Fort Paté on the Île Paté, which are part of the network of Vauban’s twelve major sites. Its literature also has a prestigious reputation thanks to the “3 M’s“ - Montaigne, Montesquieu and Mauriac, outstanding figures of French intellectual heritage . Bordeaux cfeatures a great wealth of heritage: »» The largest urban area listed as a UNESCO world heritage site »» Some of the most exquisite 18th-century architecture »» Classified as a City of Art and History in 2009. »» An 150-hectare protected area »» 374 listed and/or classified monuments

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»» Major projects: La Cité du Vin, opened in 2016, an iconic venue and gateway to the Bordeaux vineyards. Over 400,000 visitors a year are expected; »» the future MECA, the Centre for the Creative Economy and Culture in Aquitaine, with the FRAC Aquitaine, which boasts one of the finest public collections of contemporary art, and regional cultural agencies. Set to open in 2018.

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Bordeaux Region offers 214 permanent cultural sites and an abundance of events throughout the year, with a peak during the summer period: »» «scènes d’été» (summer stages) offers over 500 events, over half of which are free, in 200 municipalities: music, dance, street performances, theatre, etc. »» «été métropolitain» (metropolitan summer) takes place in remarkable sites in the 28 municipalities within the metropolitan area with over 150 traveling events: shows, concerts, hikes, exhibitions Major events throughout the year: Festival Cadences, Les Nuits Atypiques in Langon, Les 24h du Swing in Monségur, Jazz&Wine, Jazz en Liberté, Philosophia,…. Bordeaux and the its urban area are at the heart of this flourishing cultural activity: »» Ranked France’s second artistic city by Le Journal des Arts (2013). »» Second comic book capital of France (after Angoulême). »» Third region for filming feature films and television shows »» Over 300 cultural events every year


Bordeaux is home to national theatres: »» Bordeaux National Opera is home to the Bordeaux-Aquitaine National Orchestra (ONBA) which counts 118 musicians, a 37-person choir, and a ballet with 40 dancers; they perform either at the Grand-Théâtre, a masterpiece of 18th century architecture, or at the Auditorium, opened in January 2013, with its exceptional acoustics. »» Bordeaux Aquitaine National Theatre (TnBA) – formerly the Regional Centre for Dramatic Art in Bordeaux), also houses the Bordeaux - Aquitaine Drama School). As well as: »» The National Conservatory and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts (Fine Arts School) »» 11 museums including the Musée d’Aquitaine (Aquitaine Museum) with its nationally-recognized collections, the CAPC, a renowned contemporary art museum located in former warehouses, the Musée des Beaux-Arts (Fine Arts Museum) and Arc En Rêve, the leading centre outside Paris for educating the public about architecture and urban planning. »» 17 theatres »» 30 exhibition venues including the highly original Submarine Base, an indestructible former bunker left over from World War II and covering 43,000m². »» 12 libraries.

Numerous performance venues: »» Bordeaux has always had a tradition as a «Rock» city and is home to various venues for rock music including the famous Rock School Barbey, which is both a concert hall and a school for contemporary music, as well as the Krakatoa in Merignac, and the «Bordeaux Rock» festival. »» For electro and contemporary music, including the IBoat ferry with its renowned programme, affiliated with the Parisian Batofar boat. »» The Rocher de Palmer, the most recent Bordeaux concert hall with 6,700m² of stages and several studios. »» A soon-to-arrive large concert hall, designed by architect Rudy Ricciotti, with a capacity of 11,000 people, will be used as a venue for performances and sporting events alike by the end of 2017.

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And cultural events: »» Bordeaux Fête le Vin/Bordeaux Fête le Fleuve: (Bordeaux Wine Festival/River Festival) these two festivals, which take place in alternate years, have become two of the city’s most popular events. Organized since 1998 along the quaysides, Bordeaux Fête le Vin is a 3-day long event spread out over a large area and bringing together all of Bordeaux’s winemakers with south-western French cuisine in a festive atmosphere. »» Agora: Europe’s only architectural and design biennial open to the general public »» Festival Novart: contemporary expression in all its forms (dance, theatre, music, opera, fine arts…). »» Reggae Sun Ska: the largest reggae festival in France, originally held in the Médoc and now organised on Pessac’s university campus »» The Pessac International Historic Film Festival: an extensive, high-quality programme for nearly 30 years now »» The FiFib, International Independent Film Festival in Bordeaux, Bordeaux’s most recent festival.

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Sports The Gironde County is one of the most athletic in France with more than 70 sports offered in clubs, 1,500 clubs and sports groups with 300,000 members. »» Football and rugby country with two leading teams: the Girondins Football Club and the Union Bordeaux-Bègles. »» 2nd golf County in France with 14 golf courses »» Access to all board sports except skiing (2.5 hours from Bordeaux) and a strong surf culture: 3 out of 30 spots on the international surfing circuit »» National-level tennis team: Villa Primrose »» Bordeaux classified as «European City of Sport 2015» : international recognition of its policy supporting and promoting sports activities on its territory. Numerous major events: the Bordeaux Métropole marathon – Number one nocturnal marathon in France, the famous Marathon du Médoc – the only marathon through vineyards with wine tastings, the French, European, and World Cups in soccer and rugby, Bordeaux International Show Jumping; the Lacanau Pro – one of the most prestigious surfing competitions; the Décastar athletics event; the international fencing competition, the Gujan cross-country race… A major sports facility: the New Bordeaux Stadium Matmut Atlantique opened in 2015. With 42,115 seats, it is the largest sports and culture arena in south-western France.

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Surroundings The Gironde County boasts stunning natural surroundings with both ocean and countryside landscapes, and the mountains less than two and a half hours away. The Bordeaux urban area blends seamlessly into this environment, with nearly 50% natural agricultural and forest areas and 20m² of public green space per inhabitant. Additionally, by 2020 every inhabitant will live less than 500m from a green space. »» The Gironde countryside is made up of 75% forests and 12% vineyards »» 250 km of coastline in Aquitaine. »» The Gironde estuary, the largest in Europe. »» Hourtin-Carcans, the largest lake in France. »» The Dune du Pyla, highest dune of sand in Europe (105 meters high). »» A network of over 2,300km of signposted paths, most of which are open to mountain bikes »» 600km of signposted bike paths »» 3,500km of rivers and 400km of navigable waterways

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The Bordeaux area has a temperate oceanic climate:

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Purchasing power Bordeaux is one of France’s Top 3 urban areas in terms of highest purchasing power. Choosing to live in Bordeaux area means choosing a competitive price per square meter and a lower cost of living than in other large cities. According to 2016 Eurocost data, Bordeaux is the city with the second-highest purchasing power parity in France, after Nantes. The cost of living in Bordeaux is 29.2% lower than in Paris, 11.5% lower than in the Greater Paris Urban Area. Out of all France’s major urban centres of comparable size, Bordeaux seems to be the city with the highest purchasing power.

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Good purchasing power Adapted expenditure indices for French cities compared to Bordeaux.

Expenditure Category

Bordeaux

Paris Urban Area

Paris

100

103.6

108.2

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102.7

107.1

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98.7

105.1

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140.1

207.1

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106.0

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109.7

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108.0

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105.1

113.4

Autres biens et services

100

105.9

111.3

All items of expenditure combined

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111.4

129.7

Food Alcoholic beverages, tobacco Clothing and shoes Housing Furniture, appliances

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Healthcare and hygiene Transportation Communications Leisure and culture Restaurants and hotels

Source: Eurocost International –September 2015.


Healthcare In 10 years, the population of the Gironde county has grown by almost 10%, reaching a total population of nearly 1.5 million. The Bordeaux urban area, with 850,000 inhabitants, has also experienced strong population growth. Despite this increase, Bordeaux and the Gironde have been spared by the shortage of healthcare services and benefit from good coverage by GPs and hospitals. With an economic fabric marked by an abundance of innovative companies in the digital and healthcare sectors, Aquitaine is the third region to have been named a «Silver Region» by the State. The Aquitaine region has also been selected recently to benefit from funding for its contribution to the «Digital Hospital» plan, which aims to support the development of hospital information systems (HIS) and develop technology allowing the elderly to remain in their homes.

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Key Figures »» With its 14,000 employees, Bordeaux University Hospital Centre, the 4th largest in France, is the region’s number-one employer. »» Over 3,000 beds and 250 places (for stays lasting less than 24 hours) divided between 3 hospital complexes: Sud (Haut-Lévêque and Xavier Arnozan Hospitals and the Lormont Elderly and Dependent Persons Facility), Pellegrin and Saint-André (Saint-André Hospital and the Jean Abadie Centre). »» Bordeaux University Hospital Centre is ranked the third-best public hospital in France (2014 Ranking by Le Point); »» it ranks 1st for 3 specialties: spinal surgery, leukaemia, and cardiac surgery. »» 18 of the Gironde’s hospitals and clinics are ranked among the best facilities in France (2014 L’Express ranking). This list includes several champions of outpatient surgery. »» Institut Bergonié, a facility devoted to the fight against cancer (200 beds and outpatient services) »» 12,000 beds and places in the Gironde’s public and private facilities .


Useful links Local authorities

Bordeaux Welcome Networks

www.bordeaux.fr

www.bordeaux-accueille.com

www.bordeaux-metropole.fr

www.parisiensdebordeaux.com

www.gironde.fr

Public Transport Network

Health Care www.chu-bordeaux.fr

www.infotbc.com

www.bordeauxnord.com

transgironde.gironde.fr

www.ch-arcachon.fr www.ch-libourne.fr

Tourism www.tourisme-aquitaine.fr/fr www.tourisme-gironde.fr

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www.bordeaux-tourisme.com


Transport


Getting to Bordeaux With nearly 6,500km of departmental roads, the Gironde County has one of the largest road networks in France, with the Bordeaux ring road serving as a hub for 4 connecting highways. 24

Bordeaux-MĂŠrignac airport with over 5 million passengers per year and Bordeaux-Saint-Jean SNCF train station with 11 million passengers per year represent two other gateways to Bordeaux region.

Main road and highway infrastructures Bordeaux ring road (45,5 km) A10 : Paris (590 km)

A89 : Lyon (555 km)

A62 : Toulouse (245 km)

A65 : Pau (215km - connects with A62 near de Langon)

A63 : Bayonne (190 km)


> A10

Nantes

Train

vers Paris

Hub intermodal, gare Saint-Jean connecte l’ensemble des transports collectifs de la Gironde : Autoroutes /la Voies rapides Tram, bus, Vcub, et cars Transgironde, navette pour l’aéroport Bordeaux-Mérignac et évidemPoitiers Réseau ment le TER. routier principal

LGV en construction La Rochelle L’arrivée de la LGV place également la gare au centre d’un vaste programme de construction Niort Grand Projet ferroviaire d’un nouveau quartier urbain et d’affaires (738 ha) : Bordeaux-Euratlantique ; et fait de la gare, un du Sud-Ouest nouveau lieu de vie et de services : Temps de parcours (2017) en TGV au départ de :

A10

Limoges

Angoulème »» Doublement de sa capacité d’accueil avec l’extension côté Belcier. BORDEAUX »» »»

Rochefort

Paris 2h Poitiers 55min. Aménagement d’une zone commerciale. Angoulême 35min. Bruxelles 4h30 et des salles d’accueil Rénovation des quais Londres 5h30

des voyageurs.

Périgueux

Avion

Bordeaux

>A 89/E70 Lyon 25

Brive

L’aéroport de Bordeaux-Mérignac, 5e aéroport français hors Ile-de-France, offre 84 destinations Libourne dont 69 vers l’international.  La navette Air-France assure également une rotation régulière entre Bordeaux et Paris (21 vols/ Bergerac jour) et d’autres liaisons nationales : Brest, Dijon, Lille, Lyon,Langon Marseille, Mulhouse, Nantes, Nice, Arcachon Rennes.

Métropole

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Source : BGI 2015— Atelier Bilto Ortèga

La gare de Bordeaux Saint-Jean, principale gare d’Aquitaine, est un nœud ferroviaire ouvrant E u sur LGV Sud Europe Aéroport international le Sud-Ouest et la péninsule ibérique. Atlantique (2017) 2001 national Elle estAéroport aussi une gare TGV mettant aujourd’hui Bordeaux à un peu plus de 3h de Paris. Avec la construction de la LGV Bordeaux-Tours, Bordeaux sera à partir de 2017 à 2h05 de Paris. Ports

km 200

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Nouvelle Aquitaine Infrastructures

Geneva Milano

Villeneuve -sur-Lot A 62 E72 L’aéroport de Bordeaux-Mérignac se place au 1 rang de la croissance des grands aéroports A 63 régionaux, notamment grâce à son terminal low-cost Billi qui a été agrandi début 2015. Agen E5 / E70 A 65 er

Pour rejoindre, le centre de Bordeaux (terminus gare Saint-Jean) : »» Un bus-navette « 30’direct » toutes les 45 Mont-demn.

Marsan

»» La liane 1 du réseau TBC toutes les 15 à 20 mn.

Bayonne Biarritz

Bi B Bilbao

Dax

Pamplona > vers Madrid

Pau

Toulouse

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Marseille Barcelona


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Train 11 million

passengers per year/18 million passengers per year starting in 2017

25 round-trip journeys Bordeaux/Paris-Montparnasse

350 trains per day

11 regional train lines

Bordeaux Saint-Jean train station, Aquitaine’s major station, is a railway hub providing access to the southwest and the Iberian Peninsula. It is also a TGV station, which currently links Bordeaux to Paris in just over 3 hours. With the construction of the Bordeaux-Tours high-speed line, Bordeaux will be a 2:05 hour trip from Paris from July 2017.

Saint-Jean train station is an intermodal hub with connections to all of the Gironde’s public transportation networks: tram, bus, Vcub, Transgironde buses, the Bordeaux-Mérignac airport shuttle, and of course, the regional train network.

Along with the arrival of the high-speed rail service, the station is at the centre of a vast programme to build a new urban business district (738 hectares): Bordeaux-Euratlantique, and create a new area for living and services: »» Station capacity doubled with the expansion on the Belcier side of the building »» Development of a shopping and business area

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»» Renovation of platforms and passenger reception areas.

Avion Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport, the 5th-largest French airport outside of the Paris region, offers 86 destinations, including 70 international destinations. The Air-France shuttle also provides regular services between Bordeaux and Paris (21 flights a day) and other domestic routes: Brest, Dijon, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Mulhouse, Nantes, Nice, Rennes. Bordeaux-Mérignac airport is one of the fastest-growing major regional airports, thanks in large part to its low-cost Billi terminal, which was expanded in early 2015. Transportation to the centre of Bordeaux (Saint-Jean Station terminus) is available: »» A «30’ Direct» shuttle bus every 45 minutes »» Liane 1 of the TBC network every 15 to 20 minutes.

6 million

passengers per year

100 destinations in 2016

45% of traffic toward international

destinations


Bordeaux Tram network

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Getting around Bordeaux Region A concern for ecology, infrastructure management and a desire to preserve the region’s quality of life have given rise to a multitude of alternatives to cars in Bordeaux and the Gironde County, therefore expanding available transport methods. Cars remain the most widely-used form of transportation, particularly within the Bordeaux urban area: cars were used for 59% of trips within the city in 2013, and on the Bordeaux ring road there is an average of 6 people for every 5 cars. In 15 years, the city of Bordeaux has significantly extended its pedestrian zone and lends bikes to Bordeaux residents for a limited period of time, free of charge. On the first Sunday of every month, the historic centre is closed to traffic. At the same time car-sharing solutions have been put in place with Citiz, Bluecub and Koolicar. The City, Departmental Council and Regional Council, who are in charge of the public transport systems, have all made a commitment to develop the use of these forms of transport and intermodality.

3 tram lines

Public Transport

with a total of 77km. 2 extensions planned:

In the Bordeaux Metropolitan Area

Line D

Public transport is used for 11% of trips within the metropolitan area.

(20 km-2019) and the tram-train

The “TBC” system revolves around 3 tram lines, which run through the centre of Bordeaux and extend out in a star-shape toward the suburbs of the metropolitan area, and “liane” bus lines organized to cover the entire metropolitan area in conjunction with the tram. Public transport options also include a self-service bicycle network called VCub, and two river shuttles known as the BatCub.

with the future Bordeaux Blanquefort

80

bus lines

1800 Vcub

bicycles in 174 stations

2 BatCub (riverboat shuttles) 21 park and ride areas (automobile parking -> TBC network).

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79

regular lines

390 municipalities served

Flat fare:

€2,60

In the Gironde County The public transport network in the Department of the Gironde relies on the «TransGironde» bus system, which links the rural and urban areas of the Gironde and facilitates travel within the County. Bus rapid transit services have been in place for two years now. These buses feature a high level of comfort for passengers, as well as a Wi-Fi connection, television and electric sockets.

The Gironde County has also taken steps to encourage carpooling. It has developed additional carpool parking lots, 84 in 2016, for a total of over 1,500 parking places, and created an online carpooling platform in partnership with the Regional Council, the State and the Mobility Club in which the Bordeaux Metropolitan Authority participates. Two ferries provide services across the Gironde estuary: the Verdon/Royan and Blaye/Lamarque ferries.

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«TER» regional express trains managed by the Regional Council aim to boost the use of trains, especially for commuting, by modernizing the lines, updating the trains, and establishing regular schedules. In 10 years, ridership has increased by 60%.

11 lines

leaving from the SaintJean train station. Main lines include: Bdx-Agen, BdxBayonne, Bdx-Périgueux, BdxMont-de-Marsan.

135 000 passengers per year


Bus Network

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BOR

DEA


Intermodality Intermodality makes it possible for Gironde residents to combine several forms of public transportation for a single trip in order to limit their use of personal cars. Modalis Card: developed by the Bordeaux Metropolitan Authority, the County Council and the Regional Council, this chip card entitles holders to special fares for trips with connections between different networks in a single ticket, and a map helps organize the trip. Parking-relais (Park and Ride) and transfer points: allow drivers, motorcyclists and cyclists to park their vehicles in order to take the tram or train.

Bicycles In 2015 the Bordeaux Metropolitan Area was ranked as the 8th most bike-friendly city in the world by the Copenhagenize index. Bicycle use has been growing rapidly in Bordeaux and the Gironde area for ten years, encouraged by the public authorities:

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»» Development of bicycle paths. »» Free, unlimited bike lending provided by the Bordeaux and Arcachon city halls. »» Creation in 2010 of the VCub self-service system (1,700 cycles in 166 stations spread throughout the metropolitan area). »» Bicycle contraflow lanes in the historic centre of Bordeaux.

600 km of exclusive bicycle paths 435 km of bicycle paths and lanes in the urban area. 42 km of bicycle contraflow lanes in Bordeaux

4% of trips in the urban area use bikes, 3% in the Gironde County.


Useful links Train www.gares-sncf.com/fr/gare/frboj/bordeaux-saint-jean www.ter-sncf.com/Regions/Aquitaine/fr/Default.aspx

Plane www.bordeaux.aeroport.fr/en

Car sharing bordeaux.citiz.coop www.bluecub.eu/fr covoiturage.transgironde.fr

Public Transport www.infotbm.com/en www.vcub.fr transgironde.gironde.fr www.planmodalis.fr

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Living in the Bordeaux Region


Blanquefort

Bassens

Bordeaux maritime

Bruges

Lormont

Eysines Le Bouscat

Caudéran

Chartrons Grand Parc Jardin Public

Cenon

Bastide City center Floirac Mérignac

Saint-Augustin Alphonse Dupeux Tauzin

Nansouty St-Genes

Bordeaux Sud

Talence Pessac

Bègles

Bouliac


Bordeaux’s Eight Districts Bordeaux Maritime : Le Lac, Bacalan Bordeaux’s largest district, beside the lake and the banks of the Garonne river, is home to major business zones and has experienced the strongest urban growth over the last few years. This rapidly developing area is a symbol of urban renewal but has also kept the traces of its maritime and river history.

Le Lac The district is characterised by its great number of amenities (exhibitions hall, conference centre, hotel complex) and sports facilities (New Bordeaux Stadium opened in May 2015, the lake, a golf course, a velodrome) making it possible for Bordeaux to host events of a national scale and play a major role in the business travel sector. It is also marked by the presence of many collective housing complexes and office buildings, as well as a large shopping mall. Large-scale urban projects and the presence of the tram have revitalised the district in recent years: Ginko is one of the most ambitious urban planning projects in the greater Bordeaux area. It is a 32-hectare eco-district located in an exceptional lakeside environment near major sports facilities, with housing (2,200 individual and collective housing units), local shops, and facilities.

Bacalan A working-class, cosmopolitan, family neighbourhood, Bacalan consists primarily of industrial areas and large housing complexes. Thanks to recent large-scale development projects, it has become an attractive, pleasant neighbourhood: the mutation of the wet docks (Bassins à Flot) over 162 hectares (5,400 housing units, many local facilities) re-development of the submarine base, arrival of the tram, the Jacques Chaban-Delmas bridge - Bordeaux’s 5th crossing over the Garonne - La Cité du Vin, the iconic gateway to the Bordeaux vineyards.

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Chartrons, Grand Parc, Jardin Public This district features a unique blend of distinctive urban models and breath-taking natural spaces: the river, the quays, the public garden, the Grand Parc’s 8 hectares of green spaces. Two tram lines cross through the district. Opening onto the city centre and the river, the district’s continuing development strives to create diversity, by building an equal number of housing units, offices, and public facilities with priority given to ensuring good quality of life.

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Grand Parc Real estate prices are much more affordable here than in Les Chartrons, since the offer is not as attractive due to the presence of large housing complexes. Grand Parc is also characterized by its strong network of community organizations, its local services and its large park.

Les Chartrons One of Bordeaux’s nicest neighbourhoods. 18th-century buildings and bourgeois residences dominate the upscale real estate of this area, which was once home to several prominent Bordeaux merchant families. This area of antique shops, diplomats and white collar professionals is a business district which is experiencing a surge in popularity thanks to its living environment. It has also become a student neighbourhood with the creation of a campus for artistic and business educational institutions. The real estate market in this district has now risen to become the second most sought-after in Bordeaux.

City Centre Bordeaux’s historic heart and a popular area for shopping and sightseeing, the city centre is that of a regional capital and historic city. Real estate prices are relatively high in this area. The project to revitalise the historic centre has allowed the district to successfully fulfil its role, combining


enhanced architectural heritage with quality of life. The Quartier Saint Pierre, the historic city centre, with its charming little streets, Place de la Bourse and its Miroir d’Eau, the most photographed site in Bordeaux, is young and lively.

Caudéran With 45,000 inhabitants, Caudéran is the most populated, largest district in Bordeaux and its population consists primarily of families. The district benefits from proximity to the inner ring-road, the Parc Bordelais and renowned high schools, but access to public transportation can be seen as insufficient. The real estate market in this district is marked by contrasts.

Saint-Augustin - Tauzin - Alphonse Dupeux Saint-Augustin is referred to as «the village» and is marked by a strong level of community activity and a rich network of public facilities and small businesses. The real estate in this district consists primarily of stone houses. There are many échoppe houses, which are generally more modest than in Caudéran, but are nevertheless quite distinguished. Recent building programs are extremely rare. There are good school facilities.

Nansouty - Saint-Genès Nansouty This district stands out for its many traditional stone-built échoppe houses and charming townhouses. Nansouty is one of the few districts in Bordeaux which has remained affordable and offers relatively spacious housing options. Real estate in this district therefore offers interesting value for money.

Saint-Genès This district is distinguished by its magnificent bourgeois houses and the presence of the tram, making prices higher than in Nansouty. St-Genès is popular among white-collar professionals and benefits from the presence of prestigious high schools.

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Bordeaux Sud The Bordeaux South district is undergoing a spectacular transformation with the Bordeaux Euratlantique development project. This urban development project covering a wide area around St-Jean train station (738 hectares spanning 3 municipalities: Bordeaux, Floirac and Bègles) is a 15-year program to build housing (1,200,000m² of housing units, with a majority of social housing including 35% social rental housing and 20% housing available through a subsidized home ownership program), offices (500,000m²), shops and public facilities. At present, the district remains one of the least expensive in Bordeaux. Many nightclubs are concentrated along the quaysides where there is practically no housing. St-Jean may not be the most glamorous neighbourhood in Bordeaux, but the real estate here, which consists of apartment buildings, stone houses and some échoppe houses, still has some surprises in store for modest budgets. The Victoire et Capucins area is very lively, cosmopolitan and relatively well-situated, near the downtown area, St-Jean station, and the universities. Its population is young and the real estate market is reasonable for the most part. There are many local facilities and dynamic shopping centres, although there are not many green spaces.

La Bastide The only district in Bordeaux located on the right bank of the Garonne, La Bastide is a rapidlydeveloping area both in terms of population and economic activities. Many urban development programs are underway: »» Coeur de Bastide ZAC (mixed development zone) covering 29 hectares »» the Botanical Garden »» rehabilitation of the river banks (through to 2017, the Parc aux Angéliques will be extended progressively as far as the Chaban-Delmas bridge to form a loop linking the two banks of the river and the Pont de Pierre) »» the Bastide Niel project which is set to become a mixed urban eco-district accommodating 3,300 housing units »» future Bordeaux Brazza mixed urban district which will include 4,500 housing units.

Although their quality is somewhat uneven, stone houses in this area remain more affordable than those located on the left bank. Real estate here has changed dramatically, as new apartment buildings have been added to meet growing demand. La Bastide has now become a popular district and real estate prices are on an upward trend. La Bastide has great potential and has begun to take on its new role as a downtown district. A family-oriented, young, dynamic, socially-minded, and friendly neighbourhood, it is changing the face of Bordeaux’s city centre.

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Towns in the Bordeaux Metropolitan Area The Bordeaux Metropolitan Area covers a vast area and benefits from a low population density in comparison to other French urban areas. It is characterized by its historic 18th-century centre, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, surrounded by an inner ring of stone-built housing comprising grander bourgeois homes and small ÂŤĂŠchoppeÂť houses with small gardens in the back. Then there is an outer ring composed essentially of the residential and downtown areas of the municipalities included in the urban area.

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Living on the Left Bank of the Garonne river Bègles Boosted by the Bordeaux-Euratlantique National Interest Operation on the doorstep of Bordeaux, bordered by the Garonne River and adjacent to the economic hub being built around Saint-Jean train station, Bègles (25,400 inhabitants) is an area with great potential in various respects.

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The town offers varied and still-affordable real estate for small budgets. The dense urban fabric includes traditional stone-built échoppe houses and unpretentious modern detached houses. »» Dynamic downtown commercial area »» Tram »» Economic vitality »» Art deco swimming pool, Bègles beach

Blanquefort - Parempuyre Situated in the northern portion of the Bordeaux urban area, just next to the Médoc, Blanquefort (15,200 inhabitants) and Parempuyre (8,200 inhabitants) are not densely-populated sectors and feature a majority of detached, single-family houses. Transportation links to the urban area do not present any particular problems. »» Pleasant living environment »» Many educational institutions »» Numerous sports facilities and cultural infrastructures »» Economic dynamism: development of the Ecoparc »» Beautiful green space (Parc de Majolan)


Bruges Located near Bordeaux Lake, Bruges is a town with 16,300 residents and is a great place to live. This area is less densely-populated than Le Bouscat, and consists primarily of attractive individual homes enhanced by the abundance of surrounding green spaces. New real estate has been developed recently. However, it is not particularly an area with many stone houses. »» Town with dense wooded areas »» Culture, sports facilities and healthcare are well-represented »» Economic vitality: business park and freight area

Le Bouscat In the very centre of the metropolitan area, this is a highly sought-after sector (23,400 inhabitants). Real estate here is diverse and includes small, attractive échoppe houses, townhouses, and apartment buildings built in the 60s, as well as newer luxury buildings. Some new programs are in currently in development, especially in the centre of Le Bouscat. »» Numerous green spaces (Parc Bordelais) »» Sports facilities »» Prestigious high schools »» Racetrack »» Quick access to city centre »» Future tram line (Line D in 2019)

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Eysines – Le Haillan - Le Taillan Médoc Eysines (21 100 habitants), le Haillan (9 600 habitants) et le Taillan-Médoc (9 300 habitants) abritent un habitat dense à proximité du golf bordelais, et des secteurs plus diffus composés de lotissements de bon standing implantés dans un environnement arboré. Trouver de la pierre reste relativement aisé, encore faut-il y mettre le prix. Le collectif neuf est rare. »» Numerous green spaces »» Sports facilities »» Cultural facilities »» Future tram Line D

Gradignan A green town just a short distance from the Bordeaux campus, Gradignan (23,900 inhabitants) boasts high-quality real estate. A few rare stone houses can be found alongside magnificent villas and older luxury apartment buildings. The town benefits from 400 hectares of woods and 21 municipal parks. Newer collective housing is rare and there is limited supply of rental properties.

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»» Numerous parks »» Low population density »» Real downtown area with high-quality shops »» Near ring road »» University campus

Mérignac Ideally situated in the centre of the western portion of the Bordeaux urban area, Mérignac (66,700 inhabitants) offers extremely diverse real estate: large complexes, échoppe houses, simpler modern houses, luxury villas… Many new programs have been developed recently. The price of stone-built products is becoming prohibitively expensive. Luxury collective housing is limited. »» Major economic hub »» Dynamic, diverse business base »» Rich cultural resources »» Good transportation links, tram »» Three stadiums and an international bowling alley »» Bordeaux Mérignac international airport


Pessac A university town, Pessac (59,200 inhabitants) offers a great variety of real estate options: detached houses, bourgeois houses, villas, apartment buildings. In this dynamic town, housing can be found in a wide price range. Individual homes are nevertheless the most common, and stone houses have become extremely rare. »» Public transportation widely available to Bordeaux centre and other towns »» Very active network of community organizations »» Golf course, nautical stadium »» Universities »» Health facilities »» Tram

Talence This town with 41,400 inhabitants (4th largest town in the urban area) is home to a portion of the Bordeaux campus and is characterized by its densely-populated environment. The student population has served as a catalyst for a proliferation of apartment buildings, which stand alongside individual real estate options consisting primarily of modern houses and luxury villas. If you are not too demanding, you can find bargains can here in older real estate. »» Good location, not far from centre of Bordeaux or ring road »» University area »» Numerous sports facilities and Parc de Thouars »» Tram

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Saint-Médard-en-Jalles Located to the west of Bordeaux at the gateway to the Medoc, on the edge of the Gironde forest, Saint-Médard-en-Jalles (28,800 inhabitants) offers its residents undisputed quality of life with its 3,600 hectares of forest covering nearly 40% of its territory. The town in the metropolitan area that covers the greatest area, it is a blend of country and city, with plenty of housing estates and a rich economic fabric. New collective housing is being developed near the centre, but older housing supply is non-existent.

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»» Served by many bus lines »» Over 49 km of bicycle paths »» Rich cultural life (Carré des Jalles) »» High quality facilities and sports clubs (equestrian centre, aquatic centre) »» Strong presence of community organizations

Villenave d’Ornon Located on the left bank, just next to Bordeaux, Villenave d’Ornon (29,800 inhabitants) is not a densely-populated sector. The bulk of the real estate market is made up of detached houses and medium-sized plots. There is a small market in stone-built homes and collective housing is rare. »» Pleasant living environment »» Large connecting transportation corridors »» Numerous cultural facilities »» Four stadiums, a swimming pool, an ice skating rink, and an equestrian centre


Martignas-sur-Jalle A modern, popular town for families, Martignas-sur-Jalle has successfully combined a peaceful living environment with vibrant, local community life. It is home to 7,313 inhabitants. Community establishments for Martignas residents, downtown shops and services are all linked together by bicycle paths or pedestrian walkways surrounded by pine trees. »» Immediate proximity to the airport and the aeronautics and aerospace cluster »» Dynamic network of community organizations »» Many sports facilities (soccer and rugby stadium, fitness centres, dojo, tennis...)

Saint-Aubin de Médoc Saint-Aubin-de-Médoc is on the southern border of the Médoc, located 15 km from Bordeaux, 35 km from the Gironde beaches, and 20 minutes from the airport. Although its population has grown dramatically over the past years and now exceeds 6,000 inhabitants, this small town has kept its characteristic country charm. »» 2,500 hectares of communal forest »» Many bicycle paths »» Sports field, concert hall

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Living on the Right Bank of the Garonne river Artigues-près-Bordeaux – Bouliac Overlooking the hillsides of the Garonne, Artigues-près-Bordeaux (7 600 habitants) and Bouliac (3,200 inhabitants) offer a pleasant living environment and a quiet setting. The town’s real estate is dominated by luxury detached houses and high-end villas. Good products are rare and therefore highly sought-after. »» Privileged environment »» Strong presence of sports and cultural facilities

Bassens – Carbon Blanc Bassens (7,000 inhabitants) and Carbon-Blanc (7,100 habitants) feature real estate consisting primarily of modern detached houses. It is a low-density urban environment and is a nice place to live. Prices are still lower than those on the left bank for similar products. »» Many green spaces »» Numerous sports facilities and strong cultural life »» Stone-built house supply is very rare »» High-quality collective housing is rare

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Cenon – Floirac – Lormont Enclosed by the ring road and the Garonne, Cenon (22,400 inhabitants), Floirac (16,500 inhabitants) and Lormont (20,700 inhabitants) are marked by a dense urban environment. Several restructuring measures initiated recently aim to improve the image of this area, where tower blocks from the 60s stand alongside detached houses, and newer collective housing developments. There are many transportation links providing easy access to the left bank or the countryside. »» Reasonable prices make it possible to find suitable housing with a modest budget »» Cultural and sports facilities »» Tram

Ambès A municipality located at the confluence of the Garonne and the Dordogne rivers, Ambès (2,668 inhabitants) is marked by a strong industrial tradition in the field of chemicals and its dedicated port facilities. »» A small town that is far from the city but close to everything.

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Saint-Louis-de-Montferrand A quiet town (2,019 habitants) just a stone’s throw from Bordeaux. A typical local atmosphere, the calm of a country town close to the city and jobs. A town characterized by the strong presence of the river.


Saint-Vincent-de-Paul A small town in the Bordeaux Metropolitan Area which has remained rural. With a population of 1,062, it is located between the Dordogne and Garonne rivers. Its growing population testifies to its appeal in terms of living environment and quality of life.

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Located in the north of the urban area, this town has seen its population triple since the early 20 century, and is today home to nearly 14,343 inhabitants. Although the service sector is the main employer in Ambarès-et-Lagrave, the town also has many industrial jobs. Served by the A10 Bordeaux-Paris motorway which crosses through the town, as well as the Bordeaux-Nantes and Bordeaux-Paris railway lines, Ambarès-et-Lagrave is easily accessible and provides an exceptional living environment.

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Economic Profile Economic Performance Indicators »» Best metropolitan area for the rate of new businesses opening (18.7%) »» 2nd metropolitan area for private job creation »» 3rd area for the number of identified startups (2012-2014) »» The amount of international traffic through Bordeaux Airport has doubled since 2009 »» Top region for job growth in the digital sector

Entrepreneurial dynamics in the Bordeaux urban area »» 1st in terms of the variation in number of businesses from 2009-2014 (+6%) »» 3rd in terms of the growth of private staff numbers from 2009-2014 (+6%) »» Bordeaux success stories: Ceva, Cdiscount, Cacolac, Caudalie, e-Device, Immersion, Lectra, Bernard Magrez, Pouey, Fayat, Pichet etc.

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4 accredited competitiveness clusters Aerospace Valley - ‘Aeronautics, Space, Embedded systems’: global cluster - 130,000 jobs T/O: €10 Bn - 1,600 establishments - 8,000 researchers. Route des Lasers® - Lasers, Photonics and Applications: 1100 companies – 10,000 direct and indirect jobs – 700 researchers - 200 graduates/year. Internationally-recognized scientific tool: Mégajoule Laser - 10 laboratories. XyloFutur - Products and Materials from Cultivated Forests: 38,000 employees – 200 researchers – 206 members - 34 research and training centers – T/O: €2.6 Bn. AGRIPIMIP Sud-Ouest Innovation: Joint agriculture and agribusiness cluster – 220,000 jobs of which 55,000 are directly linked to agribusiness – 1,530 industrial farming industry institutions – T/O: €12 Bn.

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Aerospace: Aerospace Valley, Aerocampus Cluster, AETOS (drone systems), TOPOS (Satellite applications), Digital Technology: Healthcare ICT, AQUINETIC, Bordeaux Games; Digital Aquitaine Eco-activities: AVENIA, Wind turbine cluster, Sysolia (Aquitaine industrial solar systems), Aquitaine Chimie Durable, Aquitaine Croissance Verte, CREAhD cluster (Construction, Resources, Environment and Sustainable Housing) Photonics: Route des Lasers Agribusiness: Agrimip Sud Ouest Innovation, Inno’vin (Viticultural sector) Wood: XyloFutur Nautical: Bordeaux SuperYachts Refit Robotics: Aquitaine Robotics Maintenance: e-Clide dedicated to nuclear maintenance


…And major projects: High-speed train line: Paris/Bordeaux in 2hrs05 in 2017 and future connections to Toulouse and Spain. Extension of the St Jean train station on the Belcier side (18 million passengers in 2017) and creation of a multimodal hub. Bordeaux Euratlantique: 738 hectares, €5.5 billion of investment over 20 years, 25,000 jobs: first deliveries of this new business and innovation district in 2016. Opération Campus: Program for the redevelopment and renovation of University sites over 25 years, installation of international research labs and development of public spaces and student living and leisure areas. €538 million in investment. A 6th road crossing over the Garonne: Pont J-J. Bosc (2020). Cost: €110 M Bordeaux Tram 3rd phase: Investment of €582 M that will take the network to 70 km with the aim of 18 million travelers by 2020. La Cité Numérique: future center of excellence for digital technology with offices and business services (2018). Future facilities: Maison de l’Economie Créative (2018), new concert hall (2017), Musée de la Mer (2017) etc.

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rocade et autoroutes lignes de tram existantes lignes de tram en cours d'extension périmètres de l'opération d'intérêt national (OIN) Bordeaux-Euratlantique et des opération d'intérêt métropolitain (OIM) Bordeaux Aéroport et Créative Vallée

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International networks Presence of large international groups »» 56 consulates and diplomatic representations including the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Italy »» Welcome networks for foreigners: Franco British Business Association, Club d’Affaires franco-allemand, Association Bordeaux Québec, Bordeaux-USA, Aquitaine-Chine and Alliance Française Bordeaux-Aquitaine etc. »» A network of teamwork and twinned cities: including Bilbao, Bristol, Fukuoka, Land de Hesse, Los Angeles, Madrid, Munich, Porto, Quebec, Saint-Petersburg etc. »» Bureau Aquitaine Europe in Brussels and in Wuhan »» Members of International Associations: “Unesco World Heritage” city club, Eurocités, Communauté des Villes Ariane, Capitales des Grands Vignobles, European network of green and connected cities.

Chinese: over 130 Chinese investors in the Bordeaux wine-growing region Spanish, Portuguese: Porto Cork International, Amorim, Foresa, Freixenet, Exa, Saica emballages, Finsa, Proségur, Volotea, etc. American: Booking.com, Cummins Marine, Ford, Stryker Corp, Zimmer, Carpenter, Coca Cola, IBM Corp, Mondelez, PNY Technologies, Oberthur Technologies, OI Manufacturing, Oracle corp, Microsemi, Martin Brower, Steris Surgical Corporation, VSG, Resodyn, Tesla, etc. British, Irish: Barclays, Deliveroo, Smurfit Kappa, R&R Icecream, Rexam, Salvesen, Sage Group, Hays etc. Italian: Ficep, Italcementi, Metaltemple, Beltrame etc.

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Japanese: Ezaki Glico, Furuno, Suntory, Fujitsu Siemens, etc.

German: Allianz, Dekra, Hillebrand, Kloekner Distribution, KSB, Siemens, Linde AG, Merck, etc.

Dutch: Argos, Akzo Nobel, ABN Amro, Hiscox, Enovation, Lindt, Nestlé, HEMA, Ipaq, OCI Agro etc.

Belgian: Agfa Healthcare, Belgacom, Sea Invest, Solvay, Vizzion, etc.

Scandinavian: Ahlstrom Paper Group, Corenso United, Metso, Yara, Schades, Meda, Securitas etc.

Canadian: CGI, Tembec, SNC Lavalin, Alcan, Vermilion Energy, Clemex, Getrag Ford etc.

Swiss: Sopra Group, Liebherr, Adecco, UBS, WIAG, SGS, SCRT, Zurich Assurances etc.

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Economic sectors Aerospace/defense Aerospace Valley, “Aeronautics, Space and Embedded Systems” international competitiveness cluster 30 key clients including Thales and their future campus 3rd largest employment area in France Nouvelle Aquitaine, 4th region for export (+16% 2014-2015) Flagship civil and military aeronautics programs: Falcon, Rafale, Helicopter motors, landing gear, ATR wings, Airbus sub-contracting, Galiléo etc. 3rd region for Defense industries

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Top in France for Aeronautical and Defence MRO 3 clusters: Drone systems (AETOS), Aquitaine Robotics, and satellite applications (TOPOS) Aerocampus Aquitaine: An international benchmark center for maintenance training Creation of the Institute of Technological Research (IRT) on materials of the future Bordeaux Aeroparc, technology park devoted to aeronautical activities Current investments: Thales, Dassault, SNECMA, etc. Specialist Exhibitions: UAV Show Europe (top European drones show) and ADS Show (International show for aeronautical and defense equipment maintenance), UGS Show (international show for drones and unmanned systems).

Main enterprises Manufacturers: Airbus DS – Airbus Safran Launchers – CEA - Dassault Aviation – Dassault Falcon services – Roxel Propulsion – SERTA – Stelia Composites – Stelia Sogerma – Thales Interior design: Catherineau – Drones: Fly-n-Sense - R&Drones, etc. Maintenance: AIA (Atelier Industriel de l’Aeronautique) - DGA - Sabena Technics – SIMMAD


Optics/Laser Route des Lasers®, Lasers, Photonics and Applications competitiveness cluster: 30 companies established; 28 Startups created, 1,500 direct jobs created 700 public researchers, 10,000 jobs, 100 enterprises, T/O: €1.5 Bn 2 scientific tools: Mégajoule Laser and PETAL (Petawatt Aquitaine) Ligne d’Intégration Laser (LIL), Mégajoule prototype Institut d’Optique d’Aquitaine, a unique structure in France, including the Institut d’Optique Graduate School, Pyla training platform, Alphanov and LP2N (Laboratoire Photonique Numérique et Nanosciences) LAPHIA Cluster - A world-class cluster for laser science and technology BIPSA, a network of excellence for Bioimaging, Photonics and Health projects in Aquitaine PETAL+ (high-energy laser): facility of excellence with Investissement d’Avenir (Future Investments) accreditation INPHO Venture Summit: biannual international business convention PHAROS: «Photonics, aeronautical engineering, space engineering”: the strategic field for Aerospace Valley Sites dedicated to laser/optics: Laséris, Cité de la photonique

Main entreprises Laser: Amplitude Systèmes –Argolight - Azur Light System - Eolite Imagery: I2S – Proditec- R&D Vision Optics materials: Polyrise - Thales Laser processes: ES technology – Lectra - Nexeya systems Measurement: Cordouan Technologies - Musquans Instrumentation: Edit Laser - NeThis – Innoptics

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Digital technologies More than 24,000 jobs and 7,300 institutions A high-performing ecosystem:

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Digital Aquitaine, FrenchTech Bordeaux Healthcare ICT cluster, TOPOS cluster Aquitaine Robotics cluster (50 enterprises) Connected commerce club Leader in healthcare information technology: 1,200 jobs Pioneer region for intelligent transport and collaborative economy Ranked 3rd region for activity in call centers, telecoms services and IT services Private Startup accelerators: Hemera, 33Entrepreneurs, 1Kubator, Théophraste, Village by CA Host sites for companies: Bordeaux Unitec, Auberge Numérique, eco-creative incubator, Darwin, etc. Cité Numérique: future leader of the Bordeaux digital technology ecosystem (2018) Innovative education for engineers which is unique in France: National School for Cognitive Sciences - ENSC A future «living lab» dedicated to intelligent transport


Main entreprises Big Data: 10h11 – Blitzr – Brainify – Cheops Technology – Cogniteev – Dynvibe – Geosat – Jobijoba etc. Gaming: Asobo Studio – Motion Twin – BeTomorrow – Concours Mania Healthcare IT: AGFA Healthcare Entreprise Solutions – CIS Valley – eDevice – Invivox – Maincare France – Itwell, etc. Mobile applications: Aquitem – NFC Interactive – Snapp – News Republic Web services: Alienor – Allgoob – Azendoo - @t Internet - Cartegie – Dolist – Kaizen - NP6 – Siderion Technologies – Temesis Virtual reality: AXYZ – Immersion – Lumiscaphe – Stantum – DIOTA, etc. E-commerce: Cdiscount – Jouéclub – Millesima – Mollat, etc. E-learning and serious games: ADDEO – IDSC Group – Stantum Collaborative economy: Happycapital – HelloAsso – Jestocke – Loisirsenchères – 1001pneus. fr – Samboat – Yescapa etc. Intelligent transport: Akka – BMIA – Co-rider – Eurovia – IXXI – Park and Trip – Qucit – SA Gertrude etc.

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Eco-activities Competitiveness clusters: Xylofutur ‘Products and materials from cultivated forests’, Avenia ‘Future Energy Environment’ 66

Renewable energy clusters: Eolien Aquitaine, Sysolia (Industrial solar systems in Aquitaine), CREAHd (eco-construction, sustainable habitats) Key sectors: Green chemistry, renewable marine energy, eco-construction Top photovoltaic region in France for power supplied, 600 jobs Top region in France for installed capacity in anaerobic digestion Second in France in terms of bioenergies 16% of energy used in Aquitaine is from renewable sources (electricity and heat) Opening of Europe’s largest photovoltaic station (€360 M) Dedicated sites: Ecoparc, Newton, Technopole de Montesquieu, port areas Natural resources: largest cultivated forest in Europe, solar and hydraulic energy sources, biomass, geothermal energy etc. Establishment in Bordeaux of the largest test site for fluvial marine current turbines (SEENOH)


Principales entreprises Renewable energies: Base – Ecocoon – Énergie de la Lune – Exoes - Exosun – Hace – Instream – IqSpot - SMURFIT Dalkia - Soprema – Sunna Design – Valorem Waste treatment and usage: Europlasma – IPAQ - L’Electrolyse - Pena – Syneox Green chemistry: Berkem – Bertin Technologies – Biolandes – Diester Industrie – Fermentalg – Jade International - Olikrom -Rescoll Storage: BMS Ventec - Evtronic – Kipopluie - SAFT

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Tourism Bordeaux voted Best Destination in Europe 2015

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La Cité du Vin, the new pioneering center in wine tourism, dedicated to wine culture Ranked 2nd unmissable destination in the world (New York Times 2016) World’s best city to visit in 2017 (Lonely Planet)

Tourism economy 22,000 jobs in tourism in Gironde annually on average €750 million generated through tourism per year (60% in Bordeaux) 6.5 million visits to Gironde per year 5.8 million tourists in Bordeaux Métropole 154 hotels, 10,000 rooms, of which 1,800 are 4* and 5*


Business tourism Ranked 4th in France for hosting international conventions 100 conventions and 400 professional events in 2015 TOP 5 convention centers: Cité Mondiale, Palais de la Bourse, Hangar 14, Palais des Congrès, Parc des expositions Modernization of the Parc des Expositions (2018)

Most visited sites Dune of Pilat Citadel of Blaye Cap sciences Maison des vins, St Emilion Musée Aquitaine CAPC, Musée d’art Contemporain Musée et Galerie des Beaux-Arts

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Wine/Agrifood Agrimip Sud-Ouest Innovation competitiveness cluster INNO’VIN Bordeaux Cluster Leading agrifood region in France

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Top exporting industry (€6 Bn. incl. wine) 27 large international groups Top French region for quality labels: 156 products (AOC, IGP, etc.) Strong industrial expertise in technologies for organic farming, extraction, nutrition and food preservation, nutrition and brain functions, fats and oils technology Institute of Vine and Wine sciences, a hub of excellence for research in the wine sector An emblematic cultural structure: La Cité du Vin

Wine in Figures 21 bottles of Bordeaux wine sold per second worldwide Top region in the world for production of AOC wines (30% of national production) Ranked 3rd region for organic wine €3.8 billion in T/O, of which 42% is in export 35,000 direct jobs (vine-growing, trade, brokerage, cooperatives)


Leading enterprises in the sector: 5.3 million hectoliters produced in 2015 720 million bottles sold on average per year 300 wine trading businesses, 84 brokers or agents 1 in 100 wine-producing estates belong to a Chinese investor (135 estates, 1.2%)

Main enterprises Biscuits-chocolate: CEMOI – Jock – La Compagnie du Biscuit – Lindt et Sprüngli – Mondelez France Biscuits Beverages: La Martiniquaise – Les Eaux Minérales d’Arcachon – Lillet – Pampryl – Ricard Dairy products: Cacolac – Le Petit Basque - R&R Ice cream Preserves: Bonduelle – Bongrain – Delpeyrat – Frigor - Labeyrie – Lou Gascoun Fats and Oils: Lesieur – Saipol Nutrition: Vitagermine – Yooji etc. Wine brokers: Castel, Johannes Boubee, Dartess, Millésima, etc.

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Tertiary sector Financial hub of South-West France Over 200 head offices (of 100+ employees) 70,000 jobs in senior metropolitan positions, 1 in 5 employees

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4th most specialized large urban area in financial services (20,500 jobs) 27,000 jobs in knowledge-based services to businesses Expertise in the field of international services and trade (brokerage, export, consultancy, insurance etc.) Ranked 4th for banking in France: more than 10 international banks, interregional management offices, business banking 3rd city with the most customer relations centers (excluding Paris) Future business districts: Bordeaux Euratlantique, Cité Numérique, “45ème Parallèle”, Bassins à Flot, Bastide Niel etc. World Trade Center in Bordeaux in 2018 Partners: Bordeaux Place Financière et Tertiaire, Comité des Banques Aquitaine, Comité et Expositions de Bordeaux etc


Main entreprises Insurance and brokerage: AGF – AMV (Assurances Moto Verte, headquarters) – AON Conseil – ARCA Patrimoine – AXA – Directions nationales de Filhet et Allard Assurances (headquarters) – EOVI MCD - Gan Prévoyance – Groupe SOFRACO - Marsh (Global leader in insurance brokerage and corporate risk management advice) – Verlingue, etc. Management centers: Hiscox Assurances – Gras Savoye – One of 2 French management centers for GAN BPCE Assurances, insurance subsidiary of BPCE, two claims management centers, a customer services platform. Banks, insurance, collection agency, asset management: Inter-regional management offices (including BPACA, BNP Paribas, Caisse d’Épargne Aquitaine Poitou-Charentes…) and international management offices (Abbey National France, Barclays Bank, Cortal Consors, Fortis Banque, Hiscox, UBS Private Banking) – ASF Patrimoine - Compagnie Financière Edmond de Rothschild - Européenne de Gestion Privée (EGP) – JP Morgan – Lazard – Pouey International etc. Leader in consumer credit: COFINOGA of the LaSer group (Galeries Lafayette/BNP Paribas) Natixis Lease, property and goods lease-purchase agency by BPCE, the 2nd biggest French banking group Auditing and consultancy: Deloitte - Ernst & Young - Grant Thornton - KPMG Entreprises – Mazars – PwC - Strategir IT management: CA Technologies (IT EIG of Crédit Agricole) - Caisse d’Epargne SEDI – EDF SEISOGDMI - La Poste DISF – Orange - Pôle Emploi DSI - Sanofi Aventis, etc. IT engineering services (ESN): Atos – Bull – Capgemini – CGI – Coframi – IBM – Logica – headquarters of Cheops Technology and Aquitaine Valley, - Sogeti – SQLI - Steria Sopra, Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations Group: Retirement and solidarity management offices.

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Useful links Maison de l’emploi www.emploi-bordeaux.fr

APEC (Agence pour l’emploi des cadres) www.apec.fr

Job Center www.pole-emploi.fr/accueil

CCI Bordeaux Gironde bordeauxgironde.cci.fr

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www.invest-in-bordeaux.com

City Hall www.gobordeaux.fr

Bordeaux Métropole www.bordeaux-metropole.fr/emploi-economie/actualite-emploi-economie

Département de la Gironde www.gironde.fr/jcms/c_5083/economie

Conseil Régional Nouvelle Aquitaine www.nouvelle-aquitaine.fr


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Studying in the Bordeaux region


Higher Education »» Over 80,000 students on-campus »» 115,000 students in the Bordeaux region; 10,000 foreign students »» 30,000 new university graduates each year

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»» 8 public engineering schools within the Institut National Polytechnique de Bordeaux »» 5 Business schools: Kedge Business School, INSEEC, IDRAC, ISEG Marketing & Communication, ESG, etc. »» Chartrons Campus schools (32 establishments, 9,000 students)

Operation « Bordeaux Campus » Operation « Bordeaux Campus » was launched in 2008 and is designed to give a new look to Bordeaux’s campuses: attractive, sustainable and open to the city »» Around 40 real estate projects and public area redevelopment projects, on 4 university campuses covering over 260 hectares. »» Project cost estimated at €500 M, including €400 M in investment »» Works schedule spread over more than ten years (2010-2022).


Universities in Bordeaux »» University of Bordeaux: 54,000 students, ranked 3rd in France in terms of number of students. 15% foreign students, 245 national diplomas »» Science and Technology - Biology – Health – Law, political science, economics and management science, social and human sciences. (DUT, post-DUT and IAE) »» University Bordeaux Montaigne: 16,000 students, 138 national diplomas across three faculties: Humanities, Languages, Territory and Communications science; and two institutes: Bordeaux Montaigne University Institute of Technology, and the Bordeaux Aquitaine Institute of Journalism

Engineering Schools in Bordeaux (4,200 engineering students) »» National School for Chemistry, Physics and Biology of Bordeaux – (ENSCPB- INP) »» Bordeaux Talence Arts et Métiers Paris-Tech (ENSAM) »» Bordeaux National School for Electronics, IT, Telecommunications, Mathematics and Mechanics (ENSEIRB – MATMECA - INP) »» Bordeaux Agri Sciences (BSA– INP) »» Bordeaux National School of Biotechnology (ENSTBB – INP) »» National School for Cognitics (ENSC – INP) »» National School for Environment, Geo-resources and Engineering for sustainable development (ENSEGID- INP) »» Center for Higher Industrial Studies (CESI Aquitaine Poitou-Charentes) *INP : Bordeaux Institute of Technology

Graduate Schools Kedge Business School, Bordeaux Political Science Institute, Bordeaux School of Architecture and Landscape, French National School for the Judiciary, Maritime Affairs Schools Group, Bordeaux Journalism Institute, Bordeaux Art School, Institut d’Optique Graduate School, Chartrons Campus schools …

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International training »» University of Bordeaux: over 170 partner universities worldwide and exchange programs with around 60 countries. »» 40+ international training programs from bachelor degrees to Phd at the University of Bordeaux »» Top French university for the number of courses with “Erasmus Mundus” accreditation »» European and international sections in middle and high schools in Gironde, double diplomas awarded »» Bordeaux international school – BIS

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International education A global outlook is essential to the Bordeaux Education Authority, which has signed numerous cooperation agreements in Europe and the United States. Many middle schools and high schools offer classes in English, Spanish, German, Italian...as well as Russian, Chinese and Japanese. Bordeaux International School (BIS) is a private non-denominational institution and is the only school in Aquitaine to bring together French children with non-French speaking children of various nationalities, from nursery school through high school. The Bordeaux Education Authority also has international sections (American English, Spanish, and British English) especially at Bordeaux International School, two middle schools and four high schools.

International Sections American section Alain Fournier Middle School, Bordeaux François Magendie High School, Bordeaux Spanish section Paul Bert School, Bordeaux Cheverus Middle School, Bordeaux François Magendie High School, Bordeaux Russian section Camille Jullian High School, Bordeaux

Binational Sections Franco-German section ABITUR: Pape Clément High School, Pessac Franco-Spanish section BACHIBAC: Grand Air High School, Arcachon Franco-Italian section ESABAC: François-Magendie High School, Bordeaux

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Useful links Direction des services départementaux de l’éducation nationale de la Gironde 30 cours de Luze - BP 919 - 33060 BORDEAUX CEDEX

Académie de Bordeaux www.ac-bordeaux.fr

ONISEP www.onisep.fr/mesinfos-regionales/aquitaine

French Educational System www.education.gouv.fr/pid32482/newsroom.html

Private schools

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www.enseignement-prive.info

University of Bordeaux www.u-bordeaux.com

Bordeaux Montaigne University www.u-bordeaux-montaigne.fr/en

Bordeaux International School www.bordeaux-school.com


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