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Monument à Eugène Motte

Monument to the dead (ROUBAIX)

Near the old post office stands a memorial to commemorate the Roubaix industrialist and politician Eugène Motte. Heir to the Motte-Bossut textile dynasty, in 1915 he was ordered by the Germans to manufacture cloth which would be turned into sandbags for their trenches. The memorial quotes his words of refusal to Governor Hoffman, 'We cannot accept the role of collaborator to the enemy. You can commandeer our goods but you cannot commandeer our selves'. He was subsequently deported to Germany.