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As the capital of the small Gallic tribe of the Durocasses, then at the crossroads of important Roman trade routes, and in the Middle Ages a fortified county-town, Dreux has had a long and turbulent history. Besieged by the English at the end of the Hundred Years War and again by Henry IV as he struggled to establish his kingdom, the town took many years to rebuild itself, but subsequently experienced periods of peace and remarkable prosperity. When the Revolution broke out, Dreux had barely 5000 inhabitants. In the
19th century it underwent slow development, stimulated from 1864 onwards by its rail-link with Paris. Modern times have been marked by rapid economic expansion : numerous factories have been set up here, and new residential areas built to house a population of 36000. But the old town has remained a lively commercial centre and a stopping-off point for tourists, thanks to its ancient monuments and picturesque streets.
Julien Dehornoy

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