Local flavors for breakfast
Their industrial cooperation has grown into friendships nurtured by their shared passion for flight, the challenges they have tackled together… and their taste for fine food from Auvergne. Folk of a feather have always flocked together in the airframer's and its supplier's ranks – and all the more so in Vichy, one of Auvergne's main cities, where Dassault Aviation once had its entire production operation.
There are more Auvergnats in Paris than anywhere else and, accordingly, a part of Auvergne has been traveling up to France's capital during the Paris Air Show for the past 20 years. On Thursday June 18, around 40 members of the Confrérie des Tripoux (roughly "sheep-tripe brotherhood") – including Labinal Power Systems CEO Alain Sauret – wrapped up the week with a peculiar ‘snack': tripe and cheese from Auvergne washed down with the region's white wine and wallowing in camaraderie, at 9 in the morning.
And they are already looking forward to the next Paris Air Show.