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For the football team, see Rangers F.C. Gers —  Department  — Coat of arms Location of the Gers in France Coordinates: 43°39′N 0°35′E / 43.65°N 0.583°E / 43.65; 0.583Coordinates: 43°39′N 0°35′E / 43.65°N 0.583°E / 43.65; 0.583 Country France Region Midi-Pyrénées Prefecture Auch Subprefectures Condom Mirande Government  - President of the General Council Philippe Martin (PS) Area1  - Total 6,257 km2 (2,415.8 sq mi) Population (1999)  - Total 172,335  - Rank 89th  - Density 27.5/km2 (71.3/sq mi) Time zone CET (UTC+1)  - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2) Department number 32 Arrondissements 3 Cantons 31 Communes 463 ^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2 The Gers (French: le Gers, Occitan: Gers) is a department in the Midi-Pyrénées region in the southwest of France named after the Gers River. Contents 1 History and culture 2 Politics 3 Geography and demography 4 Climate 5 Tourism 6 See also 7 External links // History and culture In the Middle Ages, the Lordship of L'Isle-Jourdain was nearby. The Gers is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It was created from parts of the former provinces of Guyenne and Gascony. The inhabitants of the department are called les Gersois. The culture is largely agricultural, with great emphasis on the local gastronomical specialties such as: Armagnac brandy, Côtes de Gascogne, Floc de Gascogne, foie gras, and wild mushrooms. Also, some prominent cultivated crops are corn, colza, sunflowers and grain. The Gascon language is a dialect of Occitan, but it is not widely spoken.The department is characterised by sleepy bastide villages and rolling hills with the Pyrenees visible to the south. Alexandre Dumas, père created the famous Gersois d'Artagnan, the fourth musketeer of The Three Musketeers. A museum to d'Artagnan is found in the Gersois village of Lupiac. André Boingnères, former mayor of Termes-d'Armagnac in the 1960s. Politics The President of the General Council is Philippe Martin of the Socialist Party. Party seats • Socialist Party 17 Union for a Popular Movement 9 • French Communist Party 3 • Miscellaneous Left 1 Miscellaneous Right 1 Geography and demography Located in southwestern France, the Gers is part of the Midi-Pyrénées region. It is surrounded by the departments of Hautes-Pyrénées, Haute-Garonne, Tarn-et-Garonne, Lot-et-Garonne, Landes, and Pyrénées-Atlantiques. The Gers is often referred to as amongst the least densely populated, or most rural, areas in all of Western Europe. List of the 10 most important cities of the département: # Municipality Population (1999) 1 Auch 21 911 2 Condom 7 256 3 Fleurance 6 279 4 L'Isle-Jourdain 5 557 5 Lectoure 3 941 6 Eauze 3 888 7 Vic-Fezensac 3 614 8 Mirande 3 564 9 Gimont 2 741 10 Pavie 2 220 Climate The annual rain varies from more than 900 mm in the south-west of the department, to less than 700 mm in the North-East (Auch, Condom, Lectoure). The winters vary, with only occasional freezing temperatures, but the climate remains mild and dry, the departement is one of sunniest in France. The summers are very hot and dry, the temperatures often is exceeding 40°. Auch is together with Toulouse and Millau one of the hottest cities of France, with often more than 300 sunny days in the year. Tourism According to recent data tourism represents annually: 610 000 tourists, 5.900.000 nights, 22.100 commercial beds, 2 400 paid employment related to tourism, the tourist represent an equivalent of 17.100 permanent inhabitants, their estimated expenditure is 141.000.000 €. See also Cantons of the Gers department Communes of the Gers department Arrondissements of the Gers department External links (French) General Council website (French) Prefecture website (French) Good Website on Gascony and the Gers (French) http://www.gers-gascogne.com/fr/default.asp Welcome to the Gers in Gascony http://www.tourisme-gers.com/gers-vacances/uk/home.asp (French) Gers net - Moteur de recherche gersois. v • d • e Departments of France Ain · Aisne · Allier · Alpes-de-Haute-Provence · Hautes-Alpes · Alpes-Maritimes · Ardèche · Ardennes · Ariège · Aube · Aude · Aveyron · Bouches-du-Rhône · Calvados · Cantal · Charente · Charente-Maritime · Cher · Corrèze · Corse-du-Sud · Haute-Corse · Côte-d'Or · Côtes-d'Armor · Creuse · Dordogne · Doubs · Drôme · Eure · Eure-et-Loir · Finistère · Gard · Haute-Garonne · Gers · Gironde · Hérault · Ille-et-Vilaine · Indre · Indre-et-Loire · Isère · Jura · Landes · Loir-et-Cher · Loire · Haute-Loire · Loire-Atlantique · Loiret · Lot · Lot-et-Garonne · Lozère · Maine-et-Loire · Manche · Marne · Haute-Marne · Mayenne · Meurthe-et-Moselle · Meuse · Morbihan · Moselle · Nièvre · Nord · Oise · Orne · Pas-de-Calais · Puy-de-Dôme · Pyrénées-Atlantiques · Hautes-Pyrénées · Pyrénées-Orientales · Bas-Rhin · Haut-Rhin · Rhône · Haute-Saône · Saône-et-Loire · Sarthe · Savoie · Haute-Savoie · Paris · Seine-Maritime · Seine-et-Marne · Yvelines · Deux-Sèvres · Somme · Tarn · Tarn-et-Garonne · Var · Vaucluse · Vendée · Vienne · Haute-Vienne · Vosges · Yonne · Territoire de Belfort · Essonne · Hauts-de-Seine · Seine-Saint-Denis · Val-de-Marne · Val-d'Oise Overseas departments: French Guiana · Guadeloupe · Martinique · Réunion This Midi-Pyrénées geographical article is a stub. 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