Midi-Pyrénées is the largest region of metropolitan France by area, larger than the Netherlands or Denmark.
Midi-Pyrénées is one of the regions of France created in the late 20th century to serve as a hinterland and zone of influence for its capital, Toulouse, one of a handful of so-called “balancing metropolises”.
The name chosen for the new region was decided by the French government without reference to the historical provinces (too many of them inside the region) and based on geography: Midi (“southern France”) – Pyrénées (Pyrénées mountains serving as the region’s southern boundary).
The Roquefort cheese has always been very appreciated by American consumers and abroad. First mentioned in history in 1070 during the reign of the Carolingian kings, Roquefort is now exported to 90 countries and its reputation is growing worldwide. Roquefort is also the second most consumed cheese in France, with 18 000 tons consumed in 2010.