The religious scene of “Corniaud” was filmed there, the border post of Menton on RN 7 became “Site of Automobile History”

The most famous of French citizens, sung by Charles Trenet, immortalized by all artists, the inspiration for the play Mille Bornes, deserved official respect. For a large number of film lovers – there is much more in Menton, where it is associated with the religious scene. Korniaud.

This is accomplished by the installation of a plaque at the Saint-Louis post on Saturday, making the RN7 “a place of automotive history”. In the name of a one-of-a-kind label awarded by the French Federation of Vintage Cars (FFVE), whose first route on this site saw the survival of the RN7 myth, which unfortunately tends to be forgotten today.

“For some, the border post of Menton is the end, for others it represents the beginning of the ‘National Route 7’. Its imperial baptism in 1811, then royal baptism in 1824, gives it the number ‘7’. It stops at Antibes.”

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It was in 1870, after the annexation of the county of Nice to France, that the name “National Route 7” was definitively attributed to it. It is the longest road in France (996 km), from the courtyard of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris to the customs post on the Italian border in Menton (…) In 1936, the appearance of paid holidays, and especially “30 Glories”, gave him letters of nobility. It is indeed used by thousands of sun-thirsty vacationers aboard Citroën 2cv, Renault 4cv, Peugeot 403 (…) (…) Ponts et Chaussées services maintained by the state until the decentralization law of 2006, then will lose its national name. the road will become a departmental road” we can read – French, Italian – on the plate.

It was confirmed in the presence of elected officials from Menton, Jean-Louis Ansaldo, director of the Menton car club, and Régis Dewer, the Paca regional representative of the FFVE. “This is the 46th plaque we have inaugurated as a landmark car location. And the first in the Alps-Seas. To date, we have identified 250 landmarks in automotive history, so does France have something to say!”, commented on the latter.

The origin of this tribute? “This is the approach we take. We were aware of places of automotive history and thought to ourselves: why not put a place in Menton? The location is set: at the end of the road”, explains Philippe Caravelli, treasurer of the car club. For whom this initiative is a great opportunity to talk about Menton.

For another club – with a hundred members – which is already committed to promoting itself through events, especially vintage car gatherings. Since summer, an exhibition has been offered on the Place de Armes one Sunday a month.

Owning an old car is not a criterion to join, it is above all a matter of sharing a passion”Philippe Caravelli emphasizes.

And it can fuel car enthusiasm enthusiasts Rolling from plate to plate from all over France. to the St. Louis substation.


Know that “The history of the automobile is not limited to all kinds of people and vehicles, but also to the places that witnessed this huge industrial and sporting adventure”FFVE wanted to pay tribute to them and share them by installing special plaques.

“These can be places that still exist, have retained or abandoned their original functions, and even places that have a memory worth perpetuating. Examples of places to remember: factories, social centers, test tracks, racetracks, garages, hotels, road signs elements of…”, we explain on the website of the federation. Who inaugurated the 46, so far all of France.

It is citizens – regardless of whether they are members of the FFVE – who are invited to submit places whose memory deserves to be celebrated. The commission is responsible for choosing those who are favored in his eyes.

Thus, a “Place of Automotive History” plaque is prepared for each selected location and placed during the official opening. A proposal reminding passers-by of the site’s heritage interest.

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