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The old town centre
The old town centre
Coat of arms of Istres
Coat of arms
Istres is located in France
Location within Provence-A.-C.d'A. region
Istres is located in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Coordinates: 43°18′19″N 4°35′32″E / 43.3054°N 4.5922°E / 43.3054; 4.5922Coordinates: 43°18′19″N 4°35′32″E / 43.3054°N 4.5922°E / 43.3054; 4.5922
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Bouches-du-Rhône
Area1 113.73 km2 (43.91 sq mi)
Population (2012)2 42,944
 • Density 380/km2 (980/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 13047 /13800
Elevation 0–120 m (0–394 ft)
(avg. 20 m or 66 ft)

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.

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.