The last remaining manufacturer of the staple of French headwear, the beret, has been saved.

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Last French producer of berets saved

Last French producer of berets saved
Alberto Otaro Garcia

The last remaining manufacturer of the staple of French headwear, the beret, has been saved.


A court in the southern city of Pau has approved the takeover of Béatex, which had been placed under judicial proceedings.

The company will now be owned by Toulouse-based Promodis-Cargo. The company known for providing police, fire and army equipment.

Two other companies had been in the bidding to take over the beret producer.

“It’s a huge relief because this was the best proposal for us,” said Jean René Riard, an employee representative.

Promodis-Cargo has promised to keep on 30 of the 44 employees.

It will also inject an immediate 500,000 euros ($623,000) into the company, with a further 750,000 euros in 2014.

Béatex is based in the south-west town of Oloron-Sainte-Marie. Berets have been produced there since 1840.


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