The true story of Saint Tropez

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Archive of the program "Des Racines et Des Ailes: Du massif des Maures au golfe de Saint-Tropez" broadcast on 05/13/2015.

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Far from the billionaires and the jet set, this is the little-known story of a small village that has become legendary. A very active fisher-men port, then a center of artistic creation, Saint-Tropez fascinated painters and writers, long before the arrival of Brigitte Bardot.

Laurent Pavlidis is a historian and head of the Maritime History Museum. He takes us through the alleys of the village and goes back in time to its origins. Founded in the 15th century by Genoese, Saint-Tropez became a prosperous trading port. The Tropéziens traveled the world and brought back riches that can still be admired in the alleys of the city.

Jean-Paul Monery, curator, is preparing the 60th anniversary of the Musée de l'Annonciade. It is here that we discover the most beautiful pointillist paintings by Paul Signac. This Parisian painter arrived in Saint-Tropez in 1892. Fascinated by his colors, he painted the village to many

times. Several painters have also followed Paul Signac. Among them, Henri Matisse, at the dawn of his fawn period. After the writers are the artists who are attracted to Saint-Tropez.

Simone Duckstein, owner of the Hôtel de la Ponche, takes us back to the arrival of artists from Saint-Germain-des-Prés after the war. In this former fishing district, Boris Vian, Juliette Gréco and Françoise Sagan, released the first nights of jazz. After them, Saint-Tropez became

a holiday resort for fashionable young Parisians. Until the film "And God created the woman" was filmed in 1955. A real surge then fell on the village of Saint-Tropez and the beach of Pampelonne. But the village, out of season, finds the charm of its alleys, its small beaches, and its old houses.


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