Country and people


Draguignan is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, in southeastern France.

It is a sub-prefecture of the department and self-proclaimed "capital of Artillery" and "Porte du Verdon".

The city is only 42 km (26 mi) from St. Tropez, and 80 km (50 mi) from Nice.

City's name:
According to legend, the name of the city is derived from the latin name “Draco/Draconem” (dragon) : a bishop, called Saint Hermentaire, killed a Dragon and saved people.


The latin motto of Draguignan is : Alios nutrio, meos devoro (I feed others, I devour my children).


The elevation is 200 m, the highest hill near Draguignan being the “Malmont” (551 m). The main river near Draguignan is the “Nartuby”.

The city is set in a valley NW-SE, about 2 km wide.

The name of Draguignan (“Dragonianum”) appeared for the first time in 909.
During all Middle-Age, Draguignan was a small village, people living thanks to olive and grape culture.
Draguignan became the “prefecture” of the Var in 1790, at the beginning of The French Revolution, despite the town not being the biggest city of the department (it was Toulon), and kept this function until 1974.
In the 19th century and during a large part of the 20th century, the people of Draguignan (in French : “Dracénois”, in English : “Draceners”) voted for liberal parties (Radical-Socialist Party, Socialist Party).
The town was occupied by the Wehrmacht in 1942-44 ; Draguignan became free in August 1944, after Operation Dragoon.
The city welcomed the “Ecole nationale d'artillerie” (Artillery School) in 1976, then the “Ecole nationale d'infanterie” (Infantry School) in 2010. The arrival of the military involves the development of the city : the small town became a city in the second part of the 20th century : 13 400 citizens in 1954, 33 000 in 2000, 38 000 in 2010.
On June 15, 2010, the city was flooded: torrential rain caused the death of 12 people in downtown, and 25 in the neighborhood.

Major attractions:
The Dolmen in Draguignan Museum of Artillery (Napoleonic wars, World War I, World War II, Indochina, etc.)
Museum of "Arts et traditions populaires"
Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial (American WWII cemetery) (see operation Dragoon)
The Eglise St Michel
Eglise Notre-Dame du Peuple
The Dolmen Pierre de la fée (fairy's Stone)

(by Wikipedia)



DRAGUIGNAN v 11 hectares dont 10 exploitables en vignoble Classe AOC. v Production d’environ 45.000 bouteilles/an. v Equipement et outil de production de haute qualité. v Boutique v Bureaux, garages, hangars. v Oliveraie et nombreux arbres fruitiers. v Vente ...

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