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Inside Toulon Arsenal, Bastion of the Mediterranean 52' by Juliette Desbois

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Synopsis

Toulon Naval Base is home to the pinnacle of the French Navy. It gathers 70% of the nation's fleet tonnage. A real "city within a city", the naval base employs 23,000 workers on a daily basis.

Toulon's harbour is exceptional: with a surface area of 1,500 hectares, three quarters of its perimeter is bordered by shores and benefits from natural protection against sea swells. An ultra strategic geographical situation which has always aroused envy - the port has survived through the centuries, withstanding sieges and major conflicts, and has been equipped throughout its history with a cutting-edge defensive system made up of 50 massive forts: the famous Toulon forts. 

Constantly attacked but always capable of rising from its ashes, Toulon's base is now more active than ever and honours its past by looking to the future through the building of fortifications and ships at the forefront of technology.

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Direction: Juliette Desbois

Production: ZED for RMC Découverte

Genre: History

Available versions: French, English

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