The Charente Maritime departement is in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region
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The code number for Charente Maritime is 17
Situated in south west France and facing the Atlantic ocean, the port of La Rochelle is a major landmark and destination for this coastal area.
The local industries are fishing, shell fish and salt, inland there is butter and eau-de-vie.
Well known beaches Royan, Fouras, Chatelailon are primed destinations for tourist.
There are two well know islands off the coast, Ile de Re and Ile d'Oleron.
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The famous fortified port and harbour on the Atlantic coast in south western France.