AZERTY Keyboard

Hermes Manual Typewriter with AZERTY Keyboard
Hermes Manual Typewriter with AZERTY Keyboard

An old manual  Hermes typewriter from an antique shop. Did you notice the keyboard? Instead of the conventional QWERTY  layout, it is AZERTY in the first row and corresponding changes in the other rows.

I understand this layout is preferred for French typing. If so, this must have come from French-administered areas like Pondicherry. Can someone confirm?

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