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With extensive coastlines on the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, France has always been prone to attacks from seafaring enemies. To defend the enormous French coast from a variety of enemies that ranged from Barbary pirates to the Holy Roman Empire, the British, Prussia and Spain, French rulers over many centuries have built countless fortresses along the coast. Today these abandoned war buildings stand witness to the violent military history of France and colonial supremacy that the country achieved under rulers such as Louis XIV and Napoleon Bonaparte.

Fort Louvois

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