Under the 1931 Program two more cruisers were to be built. In 1932 this was increased to a total of six.
The La Galissonnière was ordered on October 27, 1931 and the Jean de Vienne on November 12, 1931. The rest were ordered on July 11, 1933.
The design of the La Galissonnière class was influenced by the need to carry aircraft. There was a single hanger that had two doors and was located behind the aft funnel. There was a single catapult to launch aircraft located on top of turret #3.
It was rare that all four aircraft were carried as the later models of aircraft carried were larger than the ones available when first designed.