The 1924 Program ordered two ships of the Duquesne class that would fall under the 10,000 ton Washington Treaty restrictions for cruisers. To stay within the limits it was decided to sacrifice armor protection.
The order for production was given on July 1, 1924.
The aircraft that were carried, in order of use, were the Gourdou-Leseurre GL-812, Gourdou-Leseurre GL-832, and the Loire-Nieuport 130.
They were to be armed with 8" guns but the French didn't have any so they had to be designed from scratch.
||Rate of Fire
|8", 20.3 cm L/50 M1924
Conversions to Carriers
In 1935 consideration was given in converting the Duquesne class into light carriers but this was abandoned in favor of building the Joffre class carriers.