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Istres - Centre ancien.jpg
The old town centre
Coat of arms of Istres
Istres is located in France
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Bouches-du-Rhône
Elevation 0–120 m (0–394 ft)
(avg. 20 m/66 ft)
Land area1 113.73 km2 (43.91 sq mi)
Population2 42,944  (2012)
 - Density 378 /km2 (980 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 13047/ 13800
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Coordinates: 43°18′19″N 4°35′32″E / 43.3054°N 4.5922°E / 43.3054; 4.5922

Istres is a commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in the south of France. About 45,000 people live there.

La fête des bergers (The shepherds' festival) is held at the end of November and beginning of December.