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The important rivers are the Charente, the Sèvre, the Seudre, the Boutonne, the Seugne, the Gironde, and the Garonne.
The climate is mild and sunny, with less than 900 mm of precipitation per year. Average temperatures vary from 20°C in summer to 5°C in winter.
The economy of Charente-Maritime is based on three major sectors: tourism, maritime industry, and manufacturing.
During the summer months, families flock from all over Europe to bask in the sun and enjoy the local seafood.
Charente-Maritime is the headquarters of the major oyster producer Marennes-Oléron. Oysters cultivated here are shipped across Europe.
Rochefort is the site of shipbulding and a French naval base.
The inhabitants of the department are called Charentais-Maritime.
The department is served by the TGV at Surgères and La Rochelle. It can also be reached by road by the A10 and A837.
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