For its greeting cards 2017, the Elysée palace has appealed to the printer in a former hostage of the brothers Kouachi in Dammartin-en-Goële. In January 2015, Michel Catalano had seen his business ravaged by the assault of the GIGN in to stop the two jihadists, author of fleeing from the shooting of Charlie Hebdo. At the end of 18 months of work, he was able to reopen his printing with, among other things, unexpected boost on the part of the presidency.
A request of the president. “I received a phone call from an employee of the Palace who told me that the president of the Republic had requested that we consult with to print greeting cards. They asked me if I wanted to do. I said with great pleasure and great pride”, he told the microphone of Europe 1. “It was a quote and we followed the same process as for a regular client.”
A delivery in three days. “We did in three days, that is to say that one has received the validation on a Tuesday and it was delivered on Friday. It was quick because there were other orders in progress. It took that one treats that as a priority because we wanted to deliver quickly”, further detailed the printer, who said that he was particularly moved by the gesture of François Hollande.
A powerful symbol. “For us, it is a symbol, in the sense that it was an important moment of the inauguration of the building, on the 29th of September. The staff, my family, everyone has been touched by this request. We hope to print some more the next year, the symbol would be that one keeps the same customer,” he concludes.