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« The French authorities bowed before the statue of  Dupleix before departing  Pondicherry.
From then on, Its 300,000 inhabitants became part  of the Indian union » (images archives – file footage)

Since 1954, French culture has remained at the heart of Pondicherry.
But as its population grows, Pondicherry’s French heritage is at risk.
France 24 has been to Pondicherry to talk to a generation of people working to preserve their city’s unique character as a bridge between two worlds.

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