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Who is Robert Soleau?


Everyone knows about his eponymous street which links Place Charles de Gaulle to the train station, but who is Robert Soleau? He was elected the mayor of Antibes in 1884 and remained in office for 17 years. However, the reason why this man born in northern France came to Antibes is unknown. We don’t even know of a house he lived in, he seems to only have stayed in a hotel in rue Thuret. Nevertheless, Soleau made two crucial decisions for the future of the city: the destruction of most of its ramparts and the development of a new seaside resort where people would spend the winter months. The rocks from the fortifications would be utilized for the new buildings in Place Charles de Gaulle and the new resort would become the famous Juan-les-Pins...

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