Éditions Rencontre was founded as a co-operative society on 16 June 1950. It was founded with the aim of establishing La revue Rencontre, a youth culture magazine despite the founders having no experience in the publishing world. However it became one of the most important book clubs in Europe. The six founding members were:
By 1968 the company employed 550 people in Lausanne.
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