Brive-la-Gaillarde is the sous prefecture of the Corrèze department. It has around 50,000 inhabitants, while the population of the greater town area was near to 90,000 in 1999.
During the 2nd World War, Brive-la-Gaillarde was the regional capital for the Resistance, and was the first city of the Occupied France to liberate itself by its own means, on 15 August 1944.
The SNCF station offers connections to Limoges, Bordeaux, Perigueux & Toulouse, whilst an airport, Brive Vallée de la Dordogne has opened since the millenium. The city is superbly place with the A20 autoroute serving north / south and the A89 west/east.
CA Brive rugby team play in the Top 14 league, and their proudest moment came in 1997 at Cardiff Arms Park, when they defeated Leicester 28-9 to win the Heineken Cup, in front of almost 42,000 spectators. The following year they narrowly lost the final of the same tournament to Bath 18-19.
Brive is famous for its Saturday markets in particular, which attract people from the wider region and is an event not to miss. There are two gourmet treats that must be tasted when in Brive-La-Gaillarde: walnut liqueur, and purple mustard (color produced through the addition of grapes).
Like Paris, Brive creates its own artificial beach in the summer (Brive Plage), with a swimming pool, numerous games for the children and an eccletic mix of live concerts. July to August is particularly lively with the Festival de la Vézère, music, opera and poetry are all featured, along the river and throughout the villages, meaning summer visitors will be fully occupied.