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Introducing Toulon

Built around a rade (a sheltered bay lined with quays), France’s second-largest naval port provokes the reaction a tramp might get in St-Tropez: its seedy rough-cut demeanour just doesn’t fit in with the glittering Côte d’Azur. It is not quite as terrible as it once was, though most visitors just pass through, since it is a central transport hub.