If someone today told you that they were to build a luxury business out of cigarette lighters, you'd probably thing they were mad. Yet the company founded by Simon Tissot Dupont in 1872 has done just that, and quite a lot more.
In fact cigarette lighters were not the first thing they manufactured. The initial business of making carriages came to a quick end after a fire, but things went much better after S.T. bough a workshop that made luxury briefcases and following his death, his sons decided to continue in this vein, specialising in very high quality (and thus expensive) personal items. Wartime led them into the lighter business, and the first petrol lighter was patented by them in 1941.
Branching out into watches, perfume, pens and men's fashion contributed further to their success, and as part of a leap into the 21st Century, several branded USB drives are now available (although at 100 euros for 1GB, it may not be the cheapest option).
Despite a real know-how passed down from generation to generation, recent years have not been kind to the company, and a fire in their main manufacturing plant in 2008 was an extra blow. Perhaps frequenting their avenue Montaigne outlet could be your contribution to keeping the company afloat?
Pelouse Reuilly welcomes "Foire du Trone" the oldest funfair festival in all Europe
Get ready for the "Foire du Trone" which has returned from March to May, on the Pelouse de Reuilly in Paris. With its 350 attractions and 80 rides, the Foire du Trone will satisfy the most demanding children and adults during its 1058th edition! Wow, This one of the oldest and most festive festivals in all Europe.
The idea of eating churros, candy floss and toffee apples tickles you? No worries, your wish will soon become a reality since the 2015 vintage of the Foire du Trone is in preparation. The most popular carnival in French settles back on the Reuilly pelouse and waiting for its 3 million annual visitors.
The Fun Fair brings together all generations. It is a true cultural event which meets all ages, all socio-professional categories, all religions ... and that the common thread is to have fun with family or friends.
The "Foire du Trone" festival offers a wealth of attractions to suit all tastes and styles, so the thrill seekers will be served with roller coasters, haunted houses and other thrilling rides. Families with children will also be spoiled with the famous Big Wheel, amusement rides for children or the Lottery stands.
In addition to the traditional and breathtaking rides such as the Big Wheel, the Star Flyer...this year, two new thrilling rides are awaiting the brave: the Spin Ball and the Starlight which will provide unprecedented thrills.