the Pont de France bridge
The end of the 19th century in Bouillon is marked by a great project: joining the train station of Poix-Saint-Hubert to Sedan and to Pussemange, passing by Maissin, Paliseul, Menuchenet, Bouillon and Corbion
For doing this, it is necesary to cross the Semois river in Bouillon and to dig a tunnel under the stronghold in order to continue on the road towards Corbion. One only bridge existed by then, the pont de Liège, but it was unusable because of the important difference in height there is when coming from Noirefontaine. So, they had to decide to create a new bridge that will be reached thanks to a curve starting from the train station, passing through a tunnel near the Saint-Pierre fountain and near the Roche aux fées rock. The fishermen' houses would be preserved downstream the Trou de Vanne dam. The Saint-Pierre l'Ermite small cave would also be kept at the mouth of the Chanteraine brook.
The bridge they were going to build ends up on the Porte de France, upstream the ancient mill. The Faubourg de France starts there towards Sedan and Florenville. It was then logical to give the new bridge the name of Pont de France