department is one of the highest roads in Europe: the main road D64 reaches an altitude of 2802 m near the. The other seat is occupied by the President of the General Council, Jean-Louis Bianco, a former Minister with François Mitterrand. It is in the Durance valley that the most important traffic routes are found: the A51 highway and the railway main line. These mountains form almost everywhere a dreadful desert which will not have more inhabitants: this is the Sahara without the sun of Africa, with the snows of Siberia." (P. P.vs; Occitan : Aups d'Auta Provença ) is a French department in the south of France, it was formerly part of the province of, provence. In European referendums, the department has voted "No" during the consultation on the Maastricht Treaty.6 (majority of 2238 votes) and "No" during the consultation on the European Constitutional Treaty.3 (majority 16,575 votes). The city of Castellane is the smallest sub-prefecture in France. It is this sector, however which has the largest number of establishments with more than 50 employees - 96 establishments. Bounded in the east by Italy, the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department is surrounded by the departments. Au plaisir de vous lire. Administrative division Current Status A total of 199 communes and 15 cantons. In fact, while in the lower valleys and flat lands of Haute-Provence an inland Mediterranean climate prevails, by contrast in the hills it is more mixed with the valley of the Ubaye characteristic of the inner Alps, with a marked continentality: winters are very harsh. 11 Industry Industry is relatively small in terms of business establishments but has several relatively large companies. Economy The department has, by its own characteristics (mountainous and low population a character marked by a relatively weak industrial base and a move towards the creation of jobs in the areas of trades and services. Seventeen years later, in 1810, the canton of Barcillonnette was transferred over to Hautes-Alpes. Despite a fairly active trade in olive oil, wine and raw silk, this department is also one of the least populated.