François Fillon, the prime minister of France, visited a few days ago the Mephisto factory in Sarrebourg, in the eastern part of the country. He praised Mephisto for demonstrating that French companies could make products that have high demand overseas. Mephisto exports 80 percent of its production, with customers in 86 countries. The facility in Sarrebourg makes 20,000 pairs of handmade shoes per day. More are made in Portugal.