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September 1, 2008

Many people enjoy fine wine but most wouldn’t give a second thought to the storage process. Bertrand Gobin talks to the family who have made a living providing the best casks for the best wine

Many people enjoy fine wine but most wouldn't give a second thought to the storage process. Bertrand Gobin talks to the family who have made a living providing the best casks for the best wine

June 2, 2008

François Pinault and his son François-Henri have spoken of their “great emotion” on learning of the death of fashion guru Yves Saint Laurent.

François Pinault and his son François-Henri (pictured) have spoken of their "great emotion" on learning of the death of fashion guru Yves Saint Laurent yesterday. He was 71.

The Pinaults, billionaire family owners of France-based PPR Group, which acquired the YSL fashion house and brand in 1999, said that with his death "French fashion and indeed the world lose a genius."

March 2, 2008

Groupe Melkonian began as a repair workshop whose customers included The Rolling Stones. Then Jacques Melkonian discovered underground mining and, second-generation chairman Geneviève Rambaud tells Bertrand Gobin, the family has never looked back

Groupe Melkonian began as a repair workshop whose customers included The Rolling Stones. Then Jacques Melkonian discovered underground mining and, second-generation chairman Geneviève Rambaud tells Bertrand Gobin, the family has never looked back

You won't find its logo displayed along the sides of roads; consumers have never seen its products in shops; and none of its brands are seen in adverts on TV. The least one can say about Groupe Melkonian is that it knows how to be discreet. 

September 1, 2007

The Mulliez family, which controls a distribution network empire throughout Europe, is one of the wealthiest families in France. And, as Bertrand Gobin reports, this wealth is mainly thanks to a special family pact…

Bertrand Gobin is the author of Le Secret des Mulliez.

The Mulliez family, which controls a distribution network empire throughout Europe, is one of the wealthiest families in France. And, as Bertrand Gobin reports, this wealth is mainly thanks to a special family pact…

March 1, 2006

France’s Darbonne family are seasoned players in their herb-growing niche. But China could pose a threat to the future of their business and 119 years’ dominance, chief executive Luc tells Melanie Stern

Melanie Stern is section editor of Families in Business.

France's Darbonne family are seasoned players in their herb-growing niche. But China could pose a threat to the future of their business and 119 years' dominance, chief executive Luc tells Melanie Stern

March 1, 2006

Having taken the reins of one of France’s finest wine-producing families at an extremely challenging time, Frédéric Drouhin of Maison Joseph Drouhin tells Marc Smith why he's confident French plonk will fight off the threat of the New World. For good, he hopes

Marc Smith is a business journalist. Marcsmith@campden.com

Having taken the reins of one of France's finest wine-producing families at an extremely challenging time, Frédéric Drouhin of Maison Joseph Drouhin tells Marc Smith why he's confident French plonk will fight off the threat of the New World. For good, he hopes

March 1, 2006

Ernest-Antoine Seillière wants all things good and great for the EU and, ultimately, the French economy: rapid economic convergence, deep reforms to its labour markets and a big push to innovation. Will it happen, asks Scott McCulloch

Scott Mcculloch is editor of Families in Business.

Ernest-Antoine Seillière wants all things good and great for the EU and, ultimately, the French economy: rapid  economic convergence, deep reforms to its labour markets and a big push to innovation. Will it happen, asks Scott McCulloch

April 1, 2002

Paul is Europe’s fastest growing bakery chain. Maxime Holder, Operations Director of Paul, talks about the history of the business and how the family have approached the future issue of a generation transition

Paul is Europe's fastest growing bakery chain. Maxime Holder, Operations Director of Paul, talks about the history of the business and how the family have approached the future issue of a generation transition

April 1, 2002

Suzy Bibko talks with Bernard and Michel Lacoste and discovers how a weekend business built around an alligator becomes a clothing empire in the short span of 39 years

Suzy Bibko talks with Bernard and Michel Lacoste and discovers how a weekend business built around an alligator becomes a clothing empire in the short span of 39 years

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