Fact file

The ru­ral de­part­ment of In­dre has a low pop­u­la­tion den­sity and is ideal for those seek­ing a quiet life. The de­part­ment is named af­ter the river that runs through it and boasts many types of coun­try­side, from agri­cul­tural land to the Brenne marsh­lands, as

Living France - - Contents -

The es­sen­tial in­for­ma­tion and key con­tacts you’ll need for a life in In­dre

POP­U­LA­TION 226,175 (2014) Source: in­see.fr CLI­MATE

It is of­ten said that the River Loire marks a cli­matic bor­der be­tween cooler weather in the north and warmer weather to the south. The four sea­sons are very dis­tinct in In­dre – the sum­mers can be very hot, spring and au­tumn are warm and colour­ful, and win­ter can be grey and wet with snow not un­com­mon.

Château­roux Aver­age min temp: 7.3°C Aver­age max temp: 16.3°C Av. num­ber of rainy days: 114.3 Av. num­ber of sunny days: 67.4 ED­U­CA­TION

School term dates In­dre is in Zone B. ed­u­ca­tion.gouv.fr

League ta­ble of schools in In­dre lin­ter­naute.com/ville/lycee/ in­dre/de­parte­ment-36

EX­PAT GROUPS

English Speak­ing Union – Loire Val­ley The English Speak­ing Union is an in­ter­na­tional char­ity whose aim is to pro­mote global un­der­stand­ing through the shared use of the English lan­guage. The Loire Val­ley branch pro­vides a range of op­por­tu­ni­ties for those in An­jou and sur­round­ing re­gions who are in­ter­ested in the English lan­guage as a medium for in­ter­na­tional com­mu­ni­ca­tion and friend­ship. For en­quiries email: info@esu-loire-val­ley.fr esu-loire-val­ley.fr

WHAT’S NEW?

En­sem­ble de Loisirs Spor­tifs Parc des Champs d’Amour 36100 Is­soudun Tel: 02 54 21 55 99 is­soudun.fr Af­ter ma­jor ren­o­va­tion work, this leisure cen­tre has re­opened with wave pool, squash courts, bowl­ing al­ley, skat­ing rink and aquabik­ing fa­cil­i­ties. HEALTH­CARE AND SO­CIAL SE­CU­RITY Urssaf Find your near­est CPAM at al­loc­pam.fr/in­dre-36 and your near­est CARSAT at carsat-mp.fr HOS­PI­TALS

Cen­tre Hospi­tal­ier de la Tour Blanche Av­enue Jean Bon­ne­font CS 70190 - 36105 Is­soudun Cedex Tel: 02 54 03 54 03 ch-is­soudun.fr

Cen­tre Hospi­tal­ier Château­roux 216 Av­enue de Ver­dun 36000 Château­roux Tel: 02 54 29 60 00 ch-chateau­roux.fr WORK AND BUSI­NESS OP­POR­TU­NI­TIES Cham­bre de Com­merce et d’In­dus­trie In­dre 24 Place Gam­betta 36028 Château­roux Cedex Tel: 02 54 53 52 51 in­dre.cci.fr WHERE TO EAT

Rec­om­mended by In­dre res­i­dent and au­thor of our In­dre ar­ti­cle (p. 22), Lau­ren How­ells: L’Aman­tine 44 Rue Henri Prieuré, Lacs 36400 La Châtre Tel: 02 54 30 61 96 “A gor­geous crêperie with a lovely ter­race – great for a sum­mer lunch.”

Fredy Brasserie 19 Rue Ajas­son de Grand­sagne 36400 La Châtre Tel: 02 54 48 15 50 fredy-brasserie-restau­rant.fr “This is a good place for lunch if you are not af­ter a for­mule and just want a main course.”

Bar Le Duguesclin 6 Rue Ing. Général Viard 36160 Ste-Sévère-sur-In­dre Tel: 02 36 28 00 64 “Ex­cel­lent-value four-course menus – a favourite with the lo­cals.”

BANKS

There are branches of Crédit Agri­cole through­out In­dre. There are also branches of Caisse d’Epargne and Banque Pop­u­laire. (see cred­ita­gri­cole.fr; caisse-epargne.fr; ban­que­pop­u­laire.fr) PROP­ERTY

Cham­bre in­ter­dé­parte­men­tale des no­taires du Cher et de l’In­dre 16 Rue Jean-Baffier 18000 Bourges Tel: 02 48 21 14 98 no­taires.fr/fr/cham­brein­ter­de­parte­men­tale-no­tairecher-in­dre-18-36 GET­TING THERE

By air: In­dre is served by air­ports in neigh­bour­ing de­part­ments of Vi­enne (Poitiers) and In­dre-et-Loire (Tours). By rail: Château­roux is on the main TGV line from Paris to Brive-la-Gail­larde. It takes just over 2 hours to get to the cap­i­tal. By road: In­dre is ap­prox­i­mately a 4-hour drive from the ferry ports of Caen. USE­FUL WEB­SITES

Tourist info: berryprovince.com Con­seil dé­parte­men­tal: in­dre.fr Car shar­ing: cov­oiturage36.com What’s on: 36sor­ties.fr Li­braries: bib­lio36.fr Child­min­ders: as­sis­tantes-mater­nelles-36.fr Qual­ity of life rat­ings in towns and cities across France: ville-ide­ale.fr

De­part­ment: In­dre Re­gion: Cen­tre-Val de Loire Cap­i­tal: Château­roux

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