Monopolies: Undercutting the Undertakers

As a result of a 1904 the been controlled largely by a cartel known as General Funerals. Entrepreneur Michel Leclerc thinks that is unfair. Says the businessman: "A bride can choose her wedding dress anywhere she pleases. We should be able to choose our coffins anywhere we please as well."

So, at prices 10% to 50% less than those charged by the organized undertakers (Paris average: $1,170), Leclerc will give clients the ultimate sendoff. His prices include a coffin, a golden hearse, pallbearers and burial. But the price, not the frills, he feels,...

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