Funeral of drowned Michelin boss pulls thousands

31st May 2006, Comments 0 comments

CLERMONT-FERRAND, France, May 31, 2006 (AFP) - Thousands of people turned out Wednesday in the central French city of Clermont-Ferrand for the funeral of Michelin tyre boss Edouard Michelin who drowned off Brittany last Friday.

CLERMONT-FERRAND, France, May 31, 2006 (AFP) - Thousands of people turned out Wednesday in the central French city of Clermont-Ferrand for the funeral of Michelin tyre boss Edouard Michelin who drowned off Brittany last Friday.

Some 800 invited guests including Michelin workers from around the world as well as French Finance Minister Thierry Breton attended the religious service in the city's Notre-Dame cathedral.

Thousands of others gathered outside the cathedral and in a nearby stadium where the service was relayed on a television screen.

Clermont-Ferrand has been Michelin's headquarters since Edouard Michelin's great-grandfather founded the company in 1889.

Edouard Michelin, who was 42, died after his fishing-boat was wrecked off the Brittany coast in circumstances that have yet to be fully explained.

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