PARIS Aug 11 The founder of the Paris ice cream
brand beloved of the city's international tourists, Raymond
Berthillon, has died at the age of 90, according to a newspaper
A visit to the Ile Saint Louis in the heart of Paris and a
stone's throw from Notre Dame is on many a tourist itinerary,
partly for the architecture, the gift shopping, and the chance
to take pictures of the cathedral, but also because it is the
home of Berthillon ice cream.
Along the picturesque island's narrow 17th century streets,
queues stretch all day and well into the night at the family-run
company's handful of outlets, surrounded by the Seine river.
The son of a baker, Berthillon took over his mother-in-law's
cafe hotel La Bourgogne on the island at the age of 30. La
Bourgogne remains the centre-piece of the Berthillon ice cream
empire to this day.
Berthillon's death on Saturday was announced in Monday's Le
The business, which celebrated its 60th birthday this year,
carried a photograph of its founder in black and white at the
top of its web site on Monday, titled simply 'Raymond
(Reporting by Andrew Callus Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)