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Home to one of the oldest universities in the country that was established in 1432, 25% of its population are students. The locals are referred to as "Poitevins" or "Poitevines", so make sure you pronounce it correctly. Poitiers perches on the Seuil du Poitou (think a promontory between the ancient mountain ranges of Massif Armoricain and the Massif Central) that is the geographic crossroads in France and Western Europe. The city has the Clain River at its feet and is cloaked in stunning historical architecture, especially from the Romanesque period. Streams sit at the bottom of its slopes on 3 sides and its plateau position made it a unique location during the Middle Ages. Coworking has appeared on the streets of Poitiers to cater to its young population where 1 out of 3 are under the age of 30 years old.

History buffs will have plenty of moments of excitement exploring Poitiers and if you are a bit of a Christmas geek, the town's beautiful Romanesque church, Eglise Notre-Dame la Grande, is literally lit up like a Christmas tree every December. Founded by a Gaulish tribe, the city's pivotal moment was in 732AD when the Muslim attempts to conquer France were thwarted on a site near the town. Once known as the "town of 100 bell towers", Poitiers has plenty of pedestrian only zones where you won't get run down whilst gawking around you and heaps of cafes to indulge in some naughty pastries and espresso.

Everything is changing in France at the moment, with reforms aimed to help startups rather than hinder them, with efforts made to open both its economy and its borders to tech startups. Today it is far easier to hire and fire in France, which has lead to making labor costs far more predictable and France is now offering easy-to-access French Tech visas so that tech savvy souls can live and work in France. The French mentality is evolving and taking into account the whole world, not just its own country. Poitiers may not be a tech hub per se, but the opening of coworking venues is merely one more step in the ecosystem that may see France leading the European scene.

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