Tonneins

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Tonneins
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The Garonne river at Tonneins
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Coordinates: 44°23′26″N0°18′33″E / 44.3906°N 0.3092°E / 44.3906; 0.3092 Coordinates: 44°23′26″N0°18′33″E / 44.3906°N 0.3092°E / 44.3906; 0.3092
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Lot-et-Garonne
Arrondissement Marmande
Canton Tonneins
Intercommunality CA Val de Garonne
Government
  Mayor (20082014) Jean-Pierre Moga
Area
1
34.78 km2 (13.43 sq mi)
Population
 (2017-01-01) [1]
9,069
  Density260/km2 (680/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
47310 /47400
Elevation21–166 m (69–545 ft)
(avg. 39 m or 128 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Tonneins is a town in the Lot-et-Garonne department of south-western France. It stands above the river Garonne, between Marmande to the west and Agen to the east, and is the first major town below the confluence of the Lot and Garonne Rivers after which the department is named.

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Until the early 2000s, it was the tobacco capital of France. It is known for its quays alongside which the tobacco barges were previously moored. When the tobacco factory closed down in 2004 and production moved to Spain, the town was badly affected economically with the loss of more than 500 jobs. The surrounding countryside still contains many wooden sheds, known locally as 'sechoirs', formerly used to dry the tobacco leaves. The commune of Tonneins is largely agricultural, the principal crops now being maize, rapeseed and sunflowers.

See also

Twin towns

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References

  1. "Populations légales 2017". INSEE . Retrieved 6 January 2020.