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Two different studies place Angoulême on the top three of the most attractive cities in france and the Express magazine put it at the 18th place in the city where people live the best ranking (October 2017). 140,000 inhabitants, human-sized and set between city and nature, Angoulême and its neighbouring areas offer great living conditions as well as all the services of a big city without the constraints.

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You will find here a rich cultural life with at least 800 events a year and top-notch equipments, sports and leisure infrastructures aplenty, a low price housing market (buy or rent), plenty of health services, a large hospital and specialty clinics, numerous nurseries and schools…

Getting around is easy, too. The car flow is well handled, the transit system is dense and will soon be completed by a “BHNS” route on major roads (High Level Service Bus). There are also bike renting services…

The range of higher education opportunities is wide and efficient. It offers training for a variety of industries: image, of course, but also general training, engineering, sales, manufacturing…

With general living costs generally inferior to that of big cities, less than 2 hours away from Paris and 35 minutes away from Bordeaux by high-speed train, near cities such as La Rochelle, Poitiers, Limoges and the most renowned terroirs of France like Saint-Emilion, Cognac and Dordogne, Angoulême is ideally located for tourism in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region which stretches out from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pyreneans mountain range.

Unwind on the ocean’s coast, travel through legendary vineyards, visit listed heritage, stroll through charming towns, enjoy cycling routes, live at the rhythm of great festivals… Charente’s landscapes are divers and it offers a wide variety of cultural, natural, tasting and charming experiences through its small cities like Confolens, Nanteuil-en-Vllée, Villebois-Lavalette or Aubeterre-sur-Dronne – the latter in made it into the “Plus Beaux villages de France” club (most beautiful villages in France).

Charente can be also discovered through its history : dinosaurs, whose bones dating back to more than 135 millions years are discovered every year on the excavation site of Angeac-Charente, Gallo-Romans offered us Saint-CYbardeaux’s theater, perfectly preserved thermaes at Cassinomagus archaeology park and finally the Middle-Age and the Renaissance with its numerous castles like La Rochefoucauld – an emblem of the Angoumois region and one of the most beautiful castles in France – or the roman churches of the Angoumois region (real treasures)!

Charente and its surroundings areas also offer a soothing and natural environment: hiking routes, fresh water swimming on the banks of the river or in the Haute Charente lakes, biking routes and green ways specifically created to discover the local wonders, like the Flow Vélo route, a chic and bucolic biking route of 290km, linking the “Île d’Aix” (an island) in Charente-Maritime to Thiviers in Dordogne by following the Charente valley in the middle of vineyards, going through Saintes, Cognac and Angoulême before taking the “Coulée d’Oc” green way and entering the Périgord Regional Natural Parc – a really soothing trip. For ocean lovers, the great coastal beaches from Royan to La Rochelle offer great weekend getaways where you can also enjoy a stroll through charming seaside resorts like Saint-Palais or the famous islands of Oléron, Aix and Ré.

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Life in Charente is full of interesting encounters – be they professional, sports-related, artistic or cultural – whether you come with your family or alone. Life in Charente and in Angoulême is ideal for personal fulfilment – even more so than major European cities!

Place des Halles - Terrasses - © LAVAL Sébastien - Charente-Tourisme

Place des Halles – Terrasses – © LAVAL Sébastien – Charente-Tourisme

Terrasse du restaurant Le St André - © TURMEL Pauline

Terrasse du restaurant Le St André – © TURMEL Pauline

Bateaux Rouges - © TURMEL Pauline

Bateaux Rouges – © TURMEL Pauline

Cathédrale St Pierre - © TURMEL Pauline

Cathédrale St Pierre – © TURMEL Pauline

Le Rempart Desaix - © Charente-Tourisme

Le Rempart Desaix – © Charente-Tourisme

Port l'Houmeau - © LAVAL Sébastien - Charente-Tourisme

Port l’Houmeau – © LAVAL Sébastien – Charente-Tourisme

Port l'Houmeau - © GrandAngoulême

Port l’Houmeau – © GrandAngoulême

La Rochelle - © Elsa COEFFE

La Rochelle – © Elsa COEFFE

Vignobles - Cognac - © GrandAngouleme

Vignobles – Cognac – © GrandAngouleme

Verre de Cognac - © TURMEL Pauline

Verre de Cognac – © TURMEL Pauline

Cognac - rue vieille ville - © Charente-Tourisme

Cognac – rue vieille ville – © Charente-Tourisme

Les Quais de nuit - Cognac - © LAVAL Sébastien - Charente-Tourisme

Les Quais de nuit – Cognac – © LAVAL Sébastien – Charente-Tourisme

Pont - © Ville de Confolens

Pont – © Ville de Confolens

Maisons à colombage - Confolens

Maisons à colombage – Confolens

Château de la Rochefoucauld

Château de la Rochefoucauld

Eglise souterraine - Saint-Jean

Eglise souterraine – Saint-Jean

Fort Boyard - © Cécile TRIBALLIER - CMT

Fort Boyard – © Cécile TRIBALLIER – CMT

Marais Poitevin - © Stéphanie NADOUCE - CMT

Marais Poitevin – © Stéphanie NADOUCE – CMT

Pont de l'île de Ré au coucher - © Cécile TRIBALLIER - CMT

Pont de l’île de Ré au coucher – © Cécile TRIBALLIER – CMT

Arènes de Saintes - © Perrine BELIN - CMT

Arènes de Saintes – © Perrine BELIN – CMT

Château de la Roche-Courbon - © Stéphane MORAND - CMT

Château de la Roche-Courbon – © Stéphane MORAND – CMT

Corderie Royale de Rochefort - © Elsa COEFFE - CMT

Corderie Royale de Rochefort – © Elsa COEFFE – CMT

Plage de l'île d'Aix - © Cécile TRIBALLIER - CMT

Plage de l’île d’Aix – © Cécile TRIBALLIER – CMT

Ecomusée du Marais-salant - Île-de-Ré - © Stéphanie NADOUCE - CMT

Ecomusée du Marais-salant – Île-de-Ré – © Stéphanie NADOUCE – CMT

Ponton littoral Atlantique - © Marta Lisboa

Ponton littoral Atlantique – © Marta Lisboa

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Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d'Angoulême - © Gregory Brandel

Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême – © Gregory Brandel

Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d'Angoulême - © Gregory Brandel

Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême – © Gregory Brandel

Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d'Angoulême - © Gregory Brandel

Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême – © Gregory Brandel

Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d'Angoulême - © Gregory Brandel

Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême – © Gregory Brandel

Panneau Angoulême - © COLLIER Philip - Charente-Tourisme

Panneau Angoulême – © COLLIER Philip – Charente-Tourisme

Mur peint Kirikou - © Magelis

Mur peint Kirikou – © Magelis

Mur peint - Luky Luke, les Daltons et Jolly Jumper - Morris - Mur peint - Le baron noir - © LAVAL Sébastien - Charente Tourisme

7Mur peint – Luky Luke, les Daltons et Jolly Jumper – Morris – Mur peint – Le baron noir – © LAVAL Sébastien – Charente Tourisme

Mur peint - Le jardin extraordinaire - © Charente-Tourisme

Mur peint – Le jardin extraordinaire – © Charente-Tourisme

Statue Corto Maltesse - © Grégory Brandel

Statue Corto Maltesse – © Grégory Brandel

Corto Maltesse - © Grégory Brandel

Corto Maltesse – © Grégory Brandel

Librairie CIBDI - © Franck Prével

Librairie-CIBDI – © Franck Prével

Musée de la BD - © JD-Guillou

Musée de la BD – © JD-Guillou

Librairie CIBDI - © Franck Prével

Librairie CIBDI – © Franck Prével

Cité internationale de la bande dessinée

Cité internationale de la bande dessinée

Circuit des Remparts - © Agence Austral

Circuit des Remparts – © Agence Austral

Musée du papier - © Grégory Brandel

Musée du papier – © Grégory Brandel

Musée du papier - © Grégory Brandel

Musée du papier – © Grégory Brandel

Projection aux Chais Magelis

Projection aux Chais Magelis

La Nef - © Aurélien Gadreau

La Nef – © Aurélien Gadreau

La Nef - © Aurélien Gadreau

La Nef – © Aurélien Gadreau

L'Alpha - Vue Cafe - © Grand-Angouleme

L’Alpha – Vue Cafe – © Grand-Angouleme

Famously known since the Middle Age for the exceptionnal quality of its paper, Angoulême has become, in a few decades, THE world capital of comics thanks to its world-famous festival held in January.

This comics vibe permeates the whole city thanks to the painted walls, buses, mailboxes and street signs which represent heroes from our childhood! “Gaston” from Franquin, “Les Pieds Nickelés” from Pellos, “Le Baron Noir” from Got and Pétillon, “Lucky luke” from Morris, “Blake and Mortimer” from Juillard and Sente, “Titeuf” from Zep or “Kirikou” from Ocelot… guide you through the city.

A unique and playful course of 25 Comics walls invite you to discover this unique heritage which leads to the banks of the river to meet “Corto Maltese”, whose statue proudly stands next to the “Musée de la BD” and its library dedicated to the 9th art.

Festivals, museums and “scène nationale”… Angoulême has been alive with cultural events mostly related to the image industry, especially during the “Festival International de la Bande Dessinée” in winter and during the “Festival du Film Francophone” in summer which brings together artists from across the globe. The city also has numerous cultural venues (see the list below) like the “Cité Internationale de la Bande Dessinée et de l’Image” which organizes multiple exhibitions and events.

Work

Magelis has been developing a complete ecosystem for 20 years resulting in numerous job creations in the creative and cultural industries. Beyond Pôle Image, Angoulême and the Charente deparment offer numerous opportunities in first-class industries with excellence field: spirits, mecatronics, construction, distribution/logistic, eco-industries, packaging, cooperage, textile/shoes…

With international companies such as Naval Group, Leroy-Somer, great Cognac houses, packaging companies… having set up shop in Charente, the area benefits from a high-tech, creative and innovative manufacturing grid working in future-proof industries.

Atlanpack gathers more than 180 businesses and more than 8,000 jobs for a turn-over of more than a billion Euro. Cognac is the first exported regional product with 5,000 industrial jobs which makes the Charente department the first French spirit producer. The mecatronics is a discipline that links mechanic, electronic and computing to design industrial production systems. It represents more than 200 organisations and 6,500 jobs, for a turnover of 1.7 billion Euro.

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  • Packaging - AtlanpackPackaging - Atlanpack
  • Cognac Master Blender CamusCognac Master Blender Camus© Charente Tourisme
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  • AtlanpackAtlanpack
  • E-santéE-santé
  • DroneDrone© JD Guillou
  • RobotiqueRobotique
  • Réalité augmentéeRéalité augmentée
  • Réalité virtuelleRéalité virtuelle
  • TUMULTETUMULTE© JD Guillou

At the heart of Magelis, several innovative companies invest in Future manufacturing, which is an ambitious program developed by the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, to provide new solutions to manufacturing through digital image: virtual reality, augmented reality, connectivity, serious game…

The region has developed a priority map for its economic development, which emphasizes on fields of the future on which it is particularly competitive: Food industries which encompasses Bordeaux wines and spirits; wood and paper industry; aeronautics, space, defense and mechanic outsourcing; advanced materials; green chemicals and eco-processes; green fields, eco-technology, circular economy, green mobility; leather, luxury, textile and art jobs; photonics; the digital industry such as image and video games, IoT, virtual and augmented reality, connected shopping, connected health, innovative usage of data…; health and well-being; silver economy.

All those fields create vast opportunities for local businesses of the image industry and for cultural and creative actors who can then benefit from the proximity of other regional players.