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Starting from a small backyard workshop, where he tinkered with his motors, the French engineer Louis Renault built an empire. The iconic Renault factory in Billancourt ‐‐ as the saying goes, when it sneezes, all of France catches a cold ‐‐ was destined to soon become the biggest industrial fortress in the country.
Looking back on the life of Renault means rediscovering the first half of the 20th century. Fifty years of dazzling
transformation around the world, driven by technological progress without limits. And fifty years marked by devastating ideological conflicts, including two world wars. If the first helped propel Renault to the top, the second would be his downfall.