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A semaphore with turbulent history
Widely wooded, the Cap Bénat peninsula is home to a few residential estates on its slopes, a lighthouse at the end of Cap Blanc, and a French Navy semaphore on its heights. First built in 1862, the semaphore was occupied by German troops in 1940 and decommissioned at the Liberation. It was later rearmed in 1968 and disarmed again in 1989. Guarded until 1998, it was then abandoned until the French Navy sold it to the Coastal Protection Agency in 2006. The public organization quickly handed the semaphore over to the Cap Sémaphore association created in November 2007 to maintain, manage and promote the site.
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