- France and Gauloises seemed forever linked inextricably linked. Precisely decided the English owner Imperial Brands to close the last major plant in Riom in Auvergne and to the dismay of the French to transfer production to Poland.
Gauloises existed since the end of the nineteenth century, initially under the name hongroises, as a product of the French state. The traditional blue and red packets with the Gallic helmet it captured along with competitor smoking Gitanes France. In the fifties, smoking Gauloises was a style characteristic of the intellectuals. Especially existentialists like Jean Paul Sartre she had almost permanently dangling in a mouth.
In the nineties, the cigarette maker was in Spanish hands. Later tobacco producer Imperial Brands took over the company. The Gauloises last stronghold in France is a factory in Corsica, which, however, provides only the island of his cigarettes.