Saint-Clément was a suburb of Rouen in the Normandy region of France. During World War I, the Imperial German Army occupied the town as part of the Schlieffen Plan. During World War II, American forces liberated Saint-Clément on 5 July 1944 as part of Operation: Overlord. By the mid 1990s, Saint-Clément was a hangout for university students from Rouen. It also had a large population of garden gnomes, leading to the founding of the Garden Gnome Freedom Front by local students, who soon learned that they were in for more than they had bargained for.