Photographer's Note

July 20, 2004
Niort 790191 79000
Deux-Sèvres Poitou-Charentes
46.317 -0.467 25 m

"Le Pilori", old Town Hall of Niort

The old Town hall of Niort, invaluable example of architecture rebirth, was built in XVIème century by Mathurin Berthomé (which also worked with the church Our-injury) on the site of the old medieval Pilori. The higher part of the belfry dates from the XVIIe century. After having sheltered a time of the temporary exposures, it is a bookshop today.

A long time important center of chamois-leather factory (testify some to the name to the club of football "Les Chamois Niortais"), Niort is nowadays the capital of the mutual insurances, one finds there:
The MAIF, Mutual insurance of the Teachers of France;
The MAAF, Mutual insurance of the Craftsmen of France;
The MACIF, Mutual insurance of the Tradesmen and Industrialists of France; The SMACL, Mutual insurance Company of the Local Communities;
IMA, Inter Mutual insurance companies Assistance;
Groupama Centers Atlantic (GCA): Regional case of Groupama; The SMIP, Services Mutualists of Individual and the Professionals. Niort is also the seat of: The CAMIF, Co-operative of Purchase of the Mutual insurance company of the Teachers of France (created by the MAIF, this company of remote sale from now on is opened with all.) In the years 1970, because of the mutual insurance companies, Niort was a time the French city having had the most computers per capita.

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