Berlin Wall: remains exposed in Seine-Maritime
Germany will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Saturday 9 November. Pieces of this concrete border have been moved, some to Seine-Maritime.
Three reinforced concrete slabs sit behind the gates of a company. In Gournay-en-Bray (Seine-Maritime), pieces of the Berlin Wall have been installed in an industrial area. In 1989, when the border between East and West Berlin fell, a French boss decided to bring a piece of history to France, with the hope of exhibiting it in a museum. But it was forgotten by everyone until 2000, when the factory was sold. "This wall almost ended up in waste (...) and the boss of the time decided to buy it for a symbolic € 1 to prevent it from ending up destroyed," explains Alexandra Gosselin, director of the factory.
Research has been undertaken to determine where the section of the wall was. One day, a German driver who was passing by Gournay-en-Bray froze in front of these vestiges, amazed. If the details of the journey of this piece are still unclear, the two Germany are now reunited, up to Normandy.