Paul Louis Marius Ricard was born on July 9th, 1909 in a small hill village in Provence, and died November 7th, 1997 at 88 years of age. After studying at the Lycée Thiers in Marseille, he was discouraged from an early passion for painting by his father.
He was a French industrialist. He created pastis , an alcohol known around the world. But in the region, Ricard’s name is not only associated with an aperitif:
The man was passionate about sport and built a circuit at Le Castellet . Paul Ricard was also an environmentalist and the developer of two Mediterranean islands. In 1950 Paul Ricard Was the producer of one of the first French color film, « The House of spring ». Paul Ricard was the first commercial sponsor of the Tour de France in 1948.
His son’s name is Patrick Ricard. He was born May 13th, 1945 in Marseille and died August 17th, 2012 in Toulon, in the Var. He was a French businessman and industrialist.
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