Ideas for places to stay in Southern France?

We're considering driving to France this year for our holiday and renting a house. However, we have never been to Southern France before so can anyone give me some place names that would be good for us to stay in? We would like to stay in a town with plenty of bars and restaurants, with a bit of life (we are in... show more We're considering driving to France this year for our holiday and renting a house. However, we have never been to Southern France before so can anyone give me some place names that would be good for us to stay in? We would like to stay in a town with plenty of bars and restaurants, with a bit of life (we are in our mid thirties so not crazy but not dead!), quite near to some nice beaches. Somewhere that is also not overly expensive (i.e. Cannes or Monaco!!!). Somewhere that gets quite hot in July too would be perfect.
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