Leucate is located on the Mediterranean coast of France and is part of the eastern Corbières mountains and approximately 30 km south of the city of Narbonne. The population is approximately 3,850. It is popular with tourists and locals.
Françoise Cezelly was a French war hero who distinguished herself when the village of Leucate was besieged by Spanish forces allied with the Catholic League in 1590, after her husband, the governor, was executed by the enemy. After the battle, she was named Governor by King Henry IV until her son came of age. The original statue was created by the artist Paul Ducuing in 1899 and erected in the Place de la République in Leucate. In her hand she holds the keys to the village. In Mai 1942, by order of the Vichy government, the statue was taken down and with the bronze being sent to Germany. As the statue was being loaded onto the truck for removal, the hand holding the keys broke and fell off. It is safely preserved within the town hall. A new statue was erected on 17 Août, 1975.
22 Mai 1558 – 16 Octobre 1615
The kind and charming shop keeper allowed me to take several photos inside her shop as well as outside. While I did manage to catch her in one, she did ask that I not post it so I must respect that being more than a bit camera shy myself.
The water sport area is on one end of the village and the beaches are on the other. I haven’t taken photos of the beach thinking that will be another post at a future date (another excuse to return!)
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JE SUIS CHARLIE!