Part of the Duguay-Trouin class light cruisers consisting of the Duguay-Trouin, Laomoot-Picguet and Primauget, succeeded by the Jeanne d’Arc. Design progress started mid-1919 and in which Italy was considered to be the opponent especially in the control of the Mediterreanean. At the end of the same year was the Project 171 design completed but as the navy and the chief off the general staff had their objections was the design stricken in February 1920. Against the end that year were four designs available using the hull design of the American Omaha-class cruisers. Of these four designs was chosen for design C and two years was the building ordered although there were still objections against the design. For launching the 2 Gourdou-Leseurre GL-812 HY flying boats (later replaced by the GL-832) was on the quarter deck a catapult available. In the 1930’s were the Duguay-Trouin and the Primauget fitted out with just one Loire 130 plane.
Laid down by the Arsenal de Brest, France on 16 August 1923, launched on 21 May 1924, commissioned on 1 April 1927, refitted since 8 November 1941 at Casablanca, Morocco, heavily damaged still lying at Casablanca in a gun battle with the battleship USS Massachusetts and the cruiser USS Wichita resulting in 45 men killed and over the 200 wounded, that night was she burned out despite she was be beached on a reef was she some days later complete destroyed by the tides.
USS Massachusetts of the South Dakota-class battleships with 9-41cm/16" guns
USS heavy cruiser Wichita with 9-20,32cm/8" guns.