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The 'Salon de la Mort' (funerary fair) opens in Paris

I’d never thought about it before, but the funeral industry is probably like any other. New product lines and services come out with some regularity. A trade show in Paris is a great place to introduce your company’s new products.

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Brigitte Sabatier prepares her display of bio-degradable cardboard coffins during the 'Salon de la Mort' in Paris on April 7, 2011. Some one hundred companies take part in the three-day event which presents services and funerary articles such as coffins, grave stones and urns.

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A mask used to train morticians who make-up faces of the dead is displayed at the 'Salon de la Mort'.

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Funerary urns on display.