On January 12, 1930, under the 1930 Program, the Emile Bertin was authorized for construction as a minelayer and to be an improved Pluton class. The order was placed on September 11, 1931. This was the first French cruiser to have triple gun turrets.
During trials the Emile Bertin did attain a speed of 39.66 knots.
There was a single catapult for the two aircraft.
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|6", 15.24 cm M1930
6" L/50 M1930
54.17 kg, 54.3 kg
21,500 m, 26,474 m