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    Are there any French bicycle companies left?

    Inquiring minds want to know

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    LeMond is French, isn't it?

    Cyfac: http://veloeuropa.com/cyfac_factory.shtml

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    Mavic, Sachs, Michelin, wait, do you mean the entire bike, or bike parts? MBK is French, and Look, and Peugeot.

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    The frame and fork

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    Not sure where they are manufactured, but MBK, Look, Gitane, and Peugeot are French owned. Probably some frames made in France, the rest in Taiwan. And Vitus, do they still exist?

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    Alex Singer is still making 100% stunning bicycles and reproductions of their older models.
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    Cycleurope-- Gitane and Peugeot combined to form this company. Gitane still a separate entity, perhaps within Cycleurope(???)
    Cyfac-- manufactures frames (but a new company, not from the classic French companies roster)
    Follis
    LOOK-- manufactures frames (again, a new company)
    MBK-- Successor company to Motobecane; still in business, manufacturing scooters, but NOT manuacturing bicycles. Motobecane bicycles now manufactured in Taiwan and China for Motobecane USA, which now owns the Motobecane trademark for bicycles.

    There may be others out there, this is just a list of what I'm familiar with off the top of my head. Here's a link to the article I have under construction on Wikipedia: French Bicycle Industry Keep in mind that the article is a work in progress, and therefore is not complete.

    Also, here are some links to the bicycle companies websites:

    Cycleurope
    Cyfac
    Follis
    LOOK

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    Cycleurope is headquartered in Sweden, though they might still have some French manufacturing.

    TA and Stronglight are French. Is Time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by halfspeed
    Cycleurope is headquartered in Sweden, though they might still have some French manufacturing.

    TA and Stronglight are French. Is Time?
    Although Cycleurope is headquartered in Sweden, They own Gitane, which is still manufactured in France, as far as I know. Cycleurope is really a European company, in the sense that it has 5 manufacturing locations in four countries: Denmark, France, Italy, and Sweden.

    As far as I know, Time is French.

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    Gilles Berthoud http://www.gillesberthoud.fr/anglais/index1.php
    You can get his bags and fenders at Wallingford Bicycle Parts but he also makes frames.

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    Does Alex Singer have a website? I had googled and yahooed an hour or so last night and this morning and I could find nothing on him except vintage bikes.

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    Isn't Willier french as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by K6-III
    Isn't Willier french as well?
    Wilier Triestina is Italian
    Im not familiar precisely with exactly what I said, but I stand by what I said whatever it was.

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    Vitus is still around. New line of bikes, too:

    http://www.vitus.fr/ (en Francais)

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