The Fort du Portalet, not to be confused with the Col du Pourtalet, was built at the top of a cliff in the 19th century to monitor the passages between France and Spain.
When the army deserted the place, the fort became a holiday centre, then Marshal Pétain transformed it into a prison.
In 1941 the Marshal sent Léon Blum, Paul Reynaud, Georges Mandel and Edouard Daladier there.
But history is sometimes cruel... in 1945, it is Marshal Pétain himself who will be incarcerated in this fort that he had built for his best enemies.
He stayed there for three months before being transferred to Ile d'Yeu where he ended his life in 1951.
In 2013, the Community of Communes of the Valley of Aspe received the Vauban Prize from the hands of the president of the National Vauban Association, Alain Monferrand. This prize, which rewards either university research or restoration work, was awarded for the work of safeguarding and rehabilitating the Fort du Portalet, acquired by the community in 1999.
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