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La Manufacture d'armes

Historic site and monument at Châtellerault
  • In 1819, after different factories on France’s borders were closed down, and partially due to its time-honoured cutlers, Châtellerault was designated by royal order to manufacture weapons. The “Manu” became the town’s principal source of employment, and for the next 150 years was the scene of bustling night-shifts and day-shifts for more than 8,000 factory workers.