Le Casino du Môle en 1908
Affiche Pornic sur l'océan réalisé par le syndicat d'initiative en 1908
Affiche Bains de mer de Pornic
La Thalassothérapie de Pornic
Le Golf 18 trous de Pornic
The huge Casino du Môle, erected in 1896, extends in 1908.
Property owners and traders in Pornic and its region found a union, the first Tourist Information Office.
Jean Duclère is its first president.
Lénine comes to Pornic and rests here for a few days.
Between La Noëveillard and the Grandes Vallées, the 9 hole golf course opens under the authority of Auguste Laraison, René Liévain, Maurice Fenaille and the Count of Madre.
Max Ernst stays in Pornic and works on his frottage technique.
On June 17th, the Lancastria, a British ship, is bombed by the Luftwaffe in the estuary of the Loire killing 4000 to 7000 people. Many soldiers and civilians are buried in the cimeteries of Sainte Marie, Pornic and Le Clion.
On June 26th, the German army besieges Pornic.
Many bunkers are built along the seashore (Atlantic Wall).
On August 26th, looking for a resistance fighter called Maurice Pollono, the German gather the population of Pornic on the Place du Môle, and 16 hostages are threatened to get shot if he does not surrender. The drama is avoided thanks to the intervention of R. Loukianoff an old white Russian living in Pornic since 1917.
In September, Pornic ......
On May 11th, the FFI free Pornic, 3 days after Germany's capitulation.
Pornic's earthenware factory establishes in Cracaud valley.
The marina of La Noëveillard opens. The elected representatives in Pornic, Saint Marie and Le Clion decide to think thoroughly about the possibility to gather all three cities into a sort of union.
On April 23rd 1972, a referendum is organized. All inhabitants of the three cities agree with this idea of a fusion.
A prefectorial decree ratifies the fusion-association of all three cities.
A beautiful thalassotherapy centre is built on the former ground of the Casino des Flots.
The Casino du Môle modernizes.
Pornic's golf course belongs now to the city and extends from 9 to 18 holes!
PORNIC now has 14.000 inhabitants living here the whole year. Its harmonious development carries on and on.
The next project has already started: the improvement of the ria (river valley covered by the seawater).
Source: "PORNIC - Etoile et Reine" by Dominique PIERRELEE, Ed. SILOË, Laval, 1998