18 June 2010

Eugène Pelletan and Royan, Charente-Maritime (17), France

Eugène Pelletan (1813–84) was a writer, journalist and politician born in Royan, and much noted for his oratory. He was a Saint-Simonian during the republic.

In 1892 a statue in Royan was erected in his memory, although this was melted down during World War II. In the town of his birth, only a street name remembers him.

However, in the neighboring seaside town of Saint-Georges-de-Didonne, a bust of Pelletan was recently erected.

And although Saint-Georges-de-Didonne is a very small town, there are in fact three streets there named after Pelletan.

And there is a street in Saintes too which bears his name.

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