Agglomeration community of Pays d'Aubagne et de l'Etoile

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Coordinates: 43°18′N 5°33′E / 43.300°N 5.550°E / 43.300; 5.550

Pays d'Aubagne et de l’Étoile
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Bouches-du-Rhône
Established 1 January 2007
Seat Aubagne
 • President Magali Giovannangeli (FG)
 • Total 244.7 km2 (94.5 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Total 104,018

The Agglomeration community of Pays d'Aubagne et de l'Etoile (French: Communauté d'agglomération Pays d'Aubagne et de l'Etoile), is a former intercommunal structure joining the communes near Aubagne in the Bouches-du-Rhône department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of south-eastern France. On 1 January 2016 it merged into the Metropolis of Aix-Marseille-Provence.


It was formed 1 January 2007 after the dissolution of the Communauté de communes de l'Etoile-Merlançon and the five associated communes joined the Agglomeration community of Garlaban-Huveaune-Sainte-Baume forming the new Agglomeration community of Pays d'Aubagne et de l'Etoile.


Twelve communes belonged to this agglomeration community, eleven within the Bouches-du-Rhône and one in the Var


The local powers of the agglomeration are:

  • Economic development,
  • Tourism
  • Transport network with the free Bus de l'Agglo
  • Urban planning,
  • Housing and public facilities,
  • Waste disposal and sanitation
  • Agriculture and forestry.


The country around Aubagne has many industries and commercial areas. It is mainly located in a tourist region of Provence, in the heart of a triangle formed by Marseille, Aix-en-Provence and Toulon.

The hills of Pagnol and the landscapes of Cézanne depict the hectic daily life of its inhabitants, while in the vicinity are other magnificent sites such as the Calanques or inlets from Marseille to La Ciotat through Cassis, and the Sainte-Baume mountain range.

Budget and Taxation[edit]

  • Total operating revenues: €66,835,000 or €641 per capita
  • Total capital resources: €22,867,000, or €219 per capita
  • Debt: €13,607,000 or €131 per capita.[1][2]

The Guérini Affair[edit]

On 14 January 2011, Alain Belviso, the elected PCF and president of the communauté d'agglomération du pays d'Aubagne et de l'Étoile, was indicted for embezzlement of public funds. He was the first elected official implicated in this case. He was released on bail under judicial control,[3] then he resigned his office of alderman in February 2011 and left his position as president of the agglomeration.[4]

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