It was in 1958 that the company Le Bridgeur was created. For over sixty years old, it offers enthusiasts and initiates to discover this wonderful game thanks to: - A bridge-eshop website: a specialized bridge platform and game where our passionate customers and our professional partners can learn, play, share and also buy. - A Le Bridgeur store history: located in Paris near the Place de l'Opéra, all passionate about gaming can find happiness there. - Two journals, BeBRIDGE and Bridgerama, for follow all the latest bridge news while having fun and progressing.
Le Bridgeur is also a close-knit team, which for many years has only one goal: to introduce and share bridge to the greatest number. Example: Maïté, at the orders of the mail order, you quality of listening and support
Creation in 1959: Jacques Bauche 1978: Takeover of the company by Hubert de the Thorn and Jean Paul Meyer present in the columns of the bridgeur since 1963 takes over as general manager 1988: New shareholders: Jean-Louis Descours (president of the André group) and José Damiani Between 1996: The HM Éditions group buys Le Bridgeur November 2011: Karine Meyer-Naudan takes over General May 2019: Acquisition by the 52 Entertainment group
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On October 1, 1959, Jacques Bauche takes the plunge: at the price of 70 old francs, Le Bridgeur, bimonthly publication devoted to bridge, is offered in kiosks. In the first editorial board, in addition to the figure guardian of Pierre Albarran who will unfortunately soon disappear, include Jean Lévêque, the arbitrator, Irénée Bajos de Hérédia and Pierre Schaeffer. It’s the beginning of a lonely, then back-to-back adventure for over twenty years at the French Bridge Federation, which will lead you to flip through today's issue.
First part: the Bauche years On October 1, 1959, Jacques Bauche throws in the water: at the price of 70 old francs, the Bridgeur, publication fortnightly devoted to bridge, is offered in kiosks. In the first editorial board, in addition to the tutelary figure of Pierre Albarran who unfortunately will soon disappear, appear Jean Lévêque, the arbitrator, Irénée Bajos de Hérédia and Pierre Schaeffer. It’s the start of an adventure first lonely, then backing for more than twenty years to the Federation Française de Bridge, which will lead you to leaf through the number today.
As early as the 1960s, the news gave the magazine grain to grind. Robert of Nexon created the Olympiads at the same time as the world federation, the France wins the first trophy. Two years later, Jaïs-Trézel confirms by winning the first world championship in pairs at Cannes. The year the Buenos Aires Reese-Schapiro scandal that Jean-Paul Meyer the subject of one of his first "Frankly yours" ...
The late 1960s formed the hinge between the bridge of post-war and modern bridge. Very quickly, the Bridgeur is placed resolutely on the side of modernity. Next to prestigious editors like José le Dentu, who will provide the difficult report on the world championship tormented Bermuda in 1975 and Bertrand Romanet, appears a new generation of journalists, from competition like Jean-Marc Roudinesco and Pierre Schemeil, but also teaching: Gérard Desrousseaux and Robert Berthe are its most beautiful jewels. Jacques Bauche, plus everything young, decides to pass the hand and it is first his son Patrice who takes the editorial responsibility, before devoting himself to his passion for travels. In 1978, the fate of the Bridgeur magazine changed: Michel Bongrand, José Damiani and Hubert de l'Épine, the new owner of newspaper, agree on a project which envisages the merger of the magazine with the federal review. For more than twenty-five years, the Bridgeur and the Review French Bridge will be one.
Second part - the Jean-Paul Meyer years Present in the columns of Bridgestor since 1963, Jean-Paul Meyer will ensure the chief editor, in same time as the management of the company, from 1978 to 2001. Suffice to say that nobody has made their mark on the magazine more than this former director STEF deputy general who decided to abandon a clear-cut career in the industry for the press adventure. His taste for competition international will find expression: this great twenty years corresponds to the period of the most successful French bridge.
It all started in 1980, when Chemla-Mari, Lebel-Perron and Soulet-Szwarc, (Captain Pierre Schemeil) win the Olympics in Valkenburg. In 1982, this are Lebel-Soulet and Faigenbaum-Pilon who win the Rosenblum in Biarritz. The following year, at the European Championships in Wiesbaden, our two teams, open and ladies, win the title. Taking advantage of this favorable wave, the French bridge is developing. With 13,000 members in 1973, the FFB, under the successive presidencies of Michel Bongrand, José Damiani and Georges Knight, boasts of 45,000 licensees ten years later.
The soufflé falls a little, despite the double medals of Seattle in 1984 or European women's titles in 1985 and 1987, in Salsomaggiore then Brighton. Hubert de l'Épine is also running out of steam. In 1988, he decides to pass the hand and it’s a group of shareholders, including Jean-Louis Descours (president of the André group) and José Damiani, who takes over the company.
Between 1996 and 2019 the company Le Bridgeur belongs to the HM Éditions group, French independent family group whose main activity is publishing and communication.
Acquisition by the 52 Entertainment group In May 2019, Le Bridgeur joined the investment group 52 Entertainment, currently the world's leading bridge online and already owner of the companies Funbridge and BBO. The Bridgeur can now count on the complementarity, expertise and audience of other 52 Entertainment group companies which account for nearly 400,000 users and 4 million deals played per day.