Former lace capital Calais now riven by French politics
Mon, May 01, 2017 - 5:50 AM
Today, fewer than 300 employees remain at just three factories in Calais - a fraction of the 30,000 whose livelihood depended on lace less than two generations ago.
THE clang of giant weaving looms ricocheted across a cavernous factory one recent afternoon at Desseilles Laces, one of the oldest lace makers in France. A handful of workers flitted among the machines, guiding gossamer threads into a floral confection destined for luxury...