Lafayette, we are here!

It is as a Protestant stronghold that La Rochelle is most solidly planted in the memory of France.  When King Henri IV, a Protesant who converted to become the sovereign of France, proclaimed religious freedom in 1598 he held La Rochelle among his favorite cities.  The Edict of Nantes, the world's first full charter of religious freedom, was largely inspired by La Rochelle.

Today, La Rochelle continues its march.  The Elcidis delivery wagon you see here is a fully electric vehicle that has special rights of its own.  Many streets in this town are forbidden to combustion engines.  This electronic model circulates with no emissions and practically no noise.  That's a kind of freedom we can all enjoy.

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