Situated on the banks of the Indre River, Châteauroux is located right in the heart of central France; just like Fresno sits in the heart of California. It is south of Paris and can easily be reached from Paris by either a three-hour drive or a two-hour train ride. It is the capital of the French department of Indre and the second-largest town in the province of Berry.
Mr. Gil Avérous is the city's current mayor and Mr. Jean-Yves Hugon is the deputy mayor. Mr. Hugon heads up the Sister Cities Exchange program.
Châteauroux, historically, was the site of a US Air Force base from 1952 to 1967. This past presence of the US base in the city created a special relationship between the city and the US that is still celebrated today with the presence of the US Museum and a biennial "Good Old Days" celebration (last held in 2022).
The 2024 Summer Olympics has chosen Châteauroux, for its National Shooting Center! The city will host all shooting events and as such, will the city will have the honor to award the first medals for the 2024 Olympics.
The city has the largest covered “boulodrome” in France and the game of Pétanque is very popular.