Step by step, it seems Toulouse is taking the shape of a young and dynamic city in our minds.
But is it really the case ?
4th French student city, expanding employment basin, the Southwest capital is booming with ambition and it looks like things could only go better from now on. Here are some key elements which should make you see life through rose-tinted glasses.
First of all, for 30 years, demographic growth in Toulouse has been unequalled in France. Thanks to a strong attraction (in particular with 18-24 years old) and a positive net migration, Toulouse, although it is only ranked 4th, is getting closer to becoming the third largest French town (currently occupied by Lyon, with about 490 000 inhabitants against 447 000 for Toulouse).
At the same time, Toulouse gives itself the means to become an essential town in our country. If any further proof were needed, the construction of the Parc des Expos is to be started soon. Located next to the Toulouse-Blagnac airport, this infrastructure would host many national and international events on its 44 000m² of surface. The main goal is to put Toulouse on the international stage.
In order to get there, Toulouse has already taken the first steps towards its opening to Europe. We will be one of the host towns during the UEFA Football EURO 2016 (3rd most watched event, behind the Olympic Games and the World Cup). Early February 2015, Toulouse hosted the Host Towns Club of the EURO 2016. Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Saint-Denis, Paris, Saint-Etienne were represented. This meeting clearly proves the capacity of the town to propose a warm welcome and so to increase its credibility, on an international scale.
Eventually, in 2018, the European Meetings for Science, ESOL (EuroScience Open Forum), will take place in Toulouse, thus landing the "European city for science 2018" label. And this is the first time such an event takes place in France. More than 5000 persons are expected, especially young persons and media.
That should give a good impulse to a whole “county” : the Haute-Garonne.