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Toulon is a city in southern France and a large military harbour on the Mediterranean coast,
with a major French naval base.
Located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur région, Toulon is the préfecture (capital) of the
Var département, in the former province of Provence.
The population of the city (commune) in 2005 was 167,400 making Toulon the fifteenth
largest city in France.
The population of the Toulon metropolitan area in 1999 was 564,823,
making Toulon the tenth largest metropolitan area, after Strasbourg, in France.
Toulon is an important centre for naval construction, fishing, wine making,
and the manufacture of aeronautical equipment, armaments, maps, paper, tobacco,
printing, shoes, and electronic equipment.
Toulon is the major naval center on France's Mediterranean coast, home of the
French Navy aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle and her battle group.
The French Mediterranean Fleet is based in Toulon.
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