The transatlantic "France", the day of its launch, May 11, 1960, in the Atlantic shipyards at Saint Nazaire. Several hundred thousand spectators attend this event. The ship was launched at 4:15 p.m., half an hour before high tide. At 4.30 p.m., General de Gaulle delivers a speech, which concludes with "And now let France end and go to the ocean, to sail and serve!" Long live France, long live France! "
Keywords used by Archives Ouest-France to describe this photograph: Archives Ouest-France 1960, ocean liner, boat at sea, Saint Nazaire, vintage, history, old photography, black and white
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