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Toulouse is the fourth largest city in France sitting at the centre of the European airspace industry. Its university, the second largest in France, is also one of the oldest in Europe - founded in 1229. It is also the capital of the Midi-Pyrenees region in south-western France, lying on the banks of the River Garonne, half-way between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.
Due to its strategic position, providing a link between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, the Romans made it their colony in the 2nd century. After a dark period during the 14th century, including the Hundred Years War and the plague 1420 marked a turning point as Charles VII introduced a judicial body to the city and it soon began to prosper. A period of urban reorganisation began from the 17th to the 19th century that would revolutionise its image. Toulouse continued to flourish in the 20th century and can now boast having the country’s second biggest university as well as being France’s aeronautics and space exploration capital.