On the sentier des douaniers during the French Revolution
In 1789, at the height of the French Revolution, smuggling spread considerably following the consequent taxes levied on fabrics, cloth, tobacco and alcohol. A system of coastal surveillance was established along the shores. This is how the customs officers intervened. In 1791, the very first customs trail was created in Brittany, and other trails were created along the French coast. Today, thousands of hikers walk these symbolic paths.