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Tescou (Le Tescou)
The Tescou at Montauban
Country France
Landmark Sivens Dam
 - location Gaillac, France
 - coordinates 43°57′11″N 1°51′54″E / 43.95306°N 1.86500°E / 43.95306; 1.86500
Mouth Tarn
 - location Montauban, France
 - coordinates 44°0′58″N 1°20′57″E / 44.01611°N 1.34917°E / 44.01611; 1.34917Coordinates: 44°0′58″N 1°20′57″E / 44.01611°N 1.34917°E / 44.01611; 1.34917
Wikimedia Commons: Tescou River

The Tescou, (French: Le Tescou) is a tributary of the Tarn in the basin of the Garonne in Southern France. It flows 48.8 kilometres through the departments of Tarn; Tarn-et-Garonne and Haute-Garonne.[1]

The source is near Gaillac in the Massif Central, and its confluence with the Tarn is near Montauban in the Tarn-et-Garonne department in the Midi-Pyrénées region.

In 2014 construction work began on the Sivens Dam (Barrage de Sivens), to supply irrigation for local farms.[2][3][4]

On 25 October 2014, Rémi Fraisse, a 21-year-old student protesting against the Sivens Dam across the Tescou, was killed after being hit in the back by a grenade, sparking further violent protests.[5]


  1. ^ Sandre, O49-0430. Le Tescou. 18 November 2013
  2. ^ Le Figaro, 27 Feb 2014, Barrage/Tarn : expulsion des opposants
  3. ^ Libération, 2 May 2014, À Sivens, un autre Dame-des-Landes
  4. ^ La Dépêche du Midi 31 August 2014, Semaine cruciale à Sivens pour le projet de barrage
  5. ^ The Guardian, 28 October 2014, French Socialists and Greens at odds following death of Sivens dam protester, by Anne Penketh in Paris

External links

  • French Waterways - The Tarn Navigation guide to the lower 40 km.
  • http://www.gorgesdutarn.net/?lang=en

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