Indeed, she studied marketing, which is how the pair met – in an import and export company where they were both working. Catherine Fouque has travelled the world, studying in the USA and Germany, but her home remains in Provence. "Provence is sunny – I don't just mean the climate but also the people. They are friendly and open and love being together. On the marketplace, in the cafes and the showroom."
When she speaks so enthusiastically about our home region, she does it in perfect German. She learnt German from her mother who moved to Provence from Baden-Württemberg decades ago.
Catherine has adopted many elements of German culture. With their children, the Fouques celebrate Easter as in her mother's home country. The Christmas tree is decorated in a similar way. And some of the clay figurines also embody reminiscences of Germany.
The boss loves German cars
Emmanuel Fouque loves cars, especially German cars. For many years, he drove a classic Porsche but sold it because his job and his family took up so much of his time. He immediately saw the Tiguan Allspace parked in front of the door. It would be perfect to carry goods to the market in Aix-en-Provence and surrounding towns, where there is considerable demand for his figurines. What he likes especially is the crystal clear presentation of the fully digital instruments: "Mon dieu, such precise graphics in such a small space – we always need very fine brushes to paint our smallest figures."