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Gironde
Coat of arms of the Gironde department
Location
Administration
Department number: 33
Region: Aquitaine
Prefecture: Bordeaux
Subprefectures: Arcachon
Blaye
Langon
Lesparre-Médoc
Libourne
Arrondissements: 5
Cantons: 63
Communes: 542
President of the General Council: Philippe Madrelle
Statistics
Population Ranked 9th
 -1999 1,287,334
Population density: 129/km²
Land area¹: 10,000 km²
¹ French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km².
France

Gironde (Occitan: Gironda) is a common name for the Gironde Estuary - sound where merge the mouths of the Garonne river and of the Dordogne river - and for a department in the Aquitaine region situated in southwest France. Image File history File links Blason33. ... Image File history File links Credit(s): fr:Utilisateur:Rinaldum Source: french wikipedia File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The term Administration, as used in the context of government, differs according to jurisdiction. ... Departments (French: IPA: ) are administrative units of France and many former French colonies, roughly analogous to English counties. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... (Region flag) (Region logo) Location Administration Capital Regional President Departments Dordogne Gironde Landes Lot-et-Garonne Pyrénées-Atlantiques Arrondissements 18 Cantons 235 Communes 2,296 Statistics Land area1 41,308 km² Population (Ranked 6th)  - January 1, 2006 est. ... In France, a préfecture is the administrative town of a département. ... City logo (traditional tri-crescent) City coat of arms Motto: The fleur-de-lis alone rules over the moon, the waves, the castle, and the lion Location Time Zone CET (GMT +1) Coordinates Administration Country Region Aquitaine Department Gironde (33) Intercommunality Urban Community of Bordeaux Mayor Alain Juppé (UMP) (since... A subprefecture in Verdun, France Subprefectures (French: sous-préfectures) are the administrative towns of arrondissements in France that do not contain the prefecture for its department. ... Arcachon is a resort town on the Atlantic coast of southwest France. ... Blaye is a commune of the Gironde département, in France. ... Langon is a commune of the Gironde département, in France. ... Lesparre-Médoc is a commune of the Gironde département, in France. ... Libourne, the wine-making capital of northern Gironde, is a French commune in the Aquitaine region. ... The 100 French departments are divided into 342 arrondissements, which may be translated into English as districts. ... The 6 arrondissements of the Gironde department are: Arrondissement of Blaye, (subprefecture: Blaye) with 4 cantons and 55 communes. ... The cantons of France are administrative divisions subdividingarrondissements and départementscommunes Cantons number 3,879 among the 329 arondissements and 96 departments of France. ... The following is a list of the 63 cantons of the Gironde department, in France, sorted by arrondissement: // Blaye Bourg Saint-Ciers-sur-Gironde Saint-Savin Arcachon Audenge Bègles Belin-Béliet Blanquefort Bordeaux 1st Canton Bordeaux 2nd Canton Bordeaux 3rd Canton Bordeaux 4th Canton Bordeaux 5th Canton Bordeaux... The commune is an administrative division of France. ... The following is a list of the 542 communes of the Gironde département, in France. ... This article is in need of attention. ... Categories: | ... To help compare orders of magnitude of different geographical regions, we list here areas between 10,000 km² and 100,000 km². See also areas of other orders of magnitude. ... For other meanings, see Estuary (disambiguation) Rio de la Plata estuary An estuary is a semi-enclosed coastal body of water with one or more rivers or streams flowing into it, and with a free connection to the open sea. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Occitan, or langue doc is a Romance language characterized by its richness, variability, and by the intelligibility of its dialects. ... The Gironde is a navigable estuary, but often referred to as a river, in southwest France. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Dordogne (Occitan: Dordonha) is a department in central France named after the Dordogne River. ... Departments (French: IPA: ) are administrative units of France and many former French colonies, roughly analogous to English counties. ... (Region flag) (Region logo) Location Administration Capital Regional President Departments Dordogne Gironde Landes Lot-et-Garonne Pyrénées-Atlantiques Arrondissements 18 Cantons 235 Communes 2,296 Statistics Land area1 41,308 km² Population (Ranked 6th)  - January 1, 2006 est. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

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History

Gironde is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It was created from parts of the former provinces of Guyenne and Gascogne. The French Revolution (1789–1815) was a period of political and social upheaval in the political history of France and Europe as a whole, during which the French governmental structure, previously an absolute monarchy with feudal privileges for the aristocracy and Catholic clergy, underwent radical change to forms based on... The Kingdom of France was organised into provinces until March 4, 1790, when the establishment of the département system superseded provinces. ... Aquitaine (or Guyenne or Guienne) now forms a région in south-western France along the Atlantic Ocean and the Pyrenees mountain range on the border with Spain. ... Gascony (Gascogne in French) is a region in southwest France. ...


From 1793 to 1795, the department's name was changed to Bec-d'Ambès to avoid the association with the revolutionary party, the Girondins. The Girondists (in French Girondins, and sometimes Brissotins), comprised a political faction in France within the Legislative Assembly and the National Convention during the French Revolution. ...


Geography

Gironde is part of the current region of Aquitaine and is surrounded by the departments of Landes, Lot-et-Garonne, Dordogne, Charente and Charente-Maritime and the Atlantic Ocean on the west. With 10,000 km², Gironde is the largest department of metropolitan France. (Region flag) (Region logo) Location Administration Capital Regional President Departments Dordogne Gironde Landes Lot-et-Garonne Pyrénées-Atlantiques Arrondissements 18 Cantons 235 Communes 2,296 Statistics Land area1 41,308 km² Population (Ranked 6th)  - January 1, 2006 est. ... Landes (Occitan: Lanas) is a département in southern France. ... Lot-et-Garonne is a département in the southwest of France named after the Lot and Garonne rivers. ... Dordogne (Occitan: Dordonha) is a department in central France named after the Dordogne River. ... Charente is a département in central France named after the Charente River. ... Charente-Maritime is a département on the west coast of France named after the Charente River. ...


It is well known for the Côte d'Argent beach which is Europe's longest, and attracts many surfers to Lacanau each year. Côte dArgent (in French : the Silver Coast) is a touristic name given to a section of the French sea shore. ... See World Wide Web for surfing the web; see also Wind surfing Surfing at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. ...


See also

  • Cantons of the Gironde department
  • Communes of the Gironde department
  • Arrondissements of the Gironde department
  • Bordeaux wine regions

The following is a list of the 63 cantons of the Gironde department, in France, sorted by arrondissement: // Blaye Bourg Saint-Ciers-sur-Gironde Saint-Savin Arcachon Audenge Bègles Belin-Béliet Blanquefort Bordeaux 1st Canton Bordeaux 2nd Canton Bordeaux 3rd Canton Bordeaux 4th Canton Bordeaux 5th Canton Bordeaux... The following is a list of the 542 communes of the Gironde département, in France. ... The 6 arrondissements of the Gironde department are: Arrondissement of Blaye, (subprefecture: Blaye) with 4 cantons and 55 communes. ... Bordeaux and sub regions The wine regions of Bordeaux are the area around the city of Bordeaux within the Gironde department of Aquitaine. ...

External links

  • (French) General Council website
  • (French) Prefecture website
  • (English) Photos of Gironde
  • (French) Tourism Office website
  • (English) Gironde Tourism Guide

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Gironde - definition of Gironde in Encyclopedia (128 words)
Gironde is a département in the southwest of France named after the Gironde River.
Gironde was one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790.
Gironde is part of the current region of Aquitaine and is surrounded by the departments of Landes, Lot-et-Garonne, Dordogne, and Charente-Maritime and the Atlantic Ocean on the west.
Gironde - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (149 words)
Gironde is a département in the southwest of France named after the Gironde Estuary.
Gironde was one of the original 83 départements created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790.
Gironde is part of the current region of Aquitaine and is surrounded by the départements of Landes, Lot-et-Garonne, Dordogne, and Charente-Maritime and the Atlantic Ocean on the west.
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