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January 2015
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French East India Company

Pondicherry, India © Clara Le Fort

Simply utter the name “Pondicherry” and revive the rich hours of colonial trading posts. Serving as the Indian Headquarters of the French East India Company established by Colbert in 1654, with Lorient as its home port, Pondicherry was marked by a French presence until 1954. And since these glorious decades, numerous facades and colonial edifices still remain today, as well as street-names such as Dumas, de la Caserne or Mahé de Labourdonnais, which in turn all evoke the strategic past of the post, overlooking the Gulf of Bengal.

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