Tim Cook Drops in Unexpectedly at Apple Store in Marseille, France

Apple CEO Tim Cook paid an unexpected visit to an Apple Store in the port of Marseille, France, earlier today, according to French tech blogs Mac4ever.com and iPhone.fr.

Both staff and shoppers got an unexpected surprise when Cook arrived unannounced at the commercial shopping mall of Terrasses du Port, where an Apple Store – the country's 20th – opened last May.

Photo: Philippe Gouy

Cook strolled around the store talking with Apple employees, chatting to customers, and having his picture taken, before receiving a farewell applause. It's not clear if Cook's trip to France is just a casual visit or something more business-focused, but we'll let you know if we learn more.


In July of last year, it was reported that Apple was planning to open a research laboratory in Grenoble, France that will focus on developing improved imaging sensors and techniques for its iOS devices. Apple was said to be hiring 30 engineers to work at the research lab, which will span 800 square meters.

Update: Tim Cook has tweeted (in French): "Delighted to be back in France to meet our talented team in Marseille."



Update 2: Later on Sunday, Cook was also seen checking out the Apple Store at the Louvre in Paris.

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21 months ago
Say what you will about Tim Cook (and around here people sure do) it would be pretty cool if I were browsing around an Apple Store and Tim Cook strolled in and struck up a conversation.
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21 months ago
This article takes a dark turn if you swap a few words in the title (as I did upon first read).



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21 months ago
Initially I thought I read;

"Tim Cook drops unexpectedly from Apple."

Man, that would've made my day!
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21 months ago
Some years ago I had a dream about meeting Steve Jobs. In the dream I was so excited that I couldn't find anything intelligent to tell him, so I ended up with very generic congratulations, that he met with a chilly grin before disappearing.
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I wish he could have been at the Apple store last week where my pregnant wife had to spend 90+ minutes to get her iPhone fixed


Gift her a Samsung, so the next fix would take 90 days rather than 90 minutes.
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21 months ago
Tim Cuisiner (Lame joke, don't hurt me)
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21 months ago

Say what you will about Tim Cook (and around here people sure do) it would be pretty cool if I were browsing around an Apple Store and Tim Cook strolled in and struck up a conversation.


If that scenario did occur I can say with absolute certainty that it wouldn't be cool for him.
Rating: 10 Votes
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21 months ago

Yea not his greatest fan but classy thing to do. Great to see.


Classy?

Sad that CEOs are usually considered so far above the average worker that the mere thought of them interacting with their regular pleb staff is considered classy.
Rating: 8 Votes
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21 months ago
(Tim walks into the Apple Store)

Apple Store manager: hello mr. Cook. Some customers were asking about hardwares like Mac Pro, mini, and iMac.

(Tim walks out of the store.)
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21 months ago

I'm convinced even all the Tim Cook haters here at MR would be excited

Not really. I just don't get it.
When I was younger I met a few celebs, but before that I wasn't sure what to think about them except that they were almost heroes. So after meeting the first one my thoughts were, ‘Oh. He/she’s just like me. Their crap probably still stinks just like mine’.
If he, or anybody else for that matter popped into a building where I was, I’d not do much more than bat an eyelid. Once I’ve met and had some interaction I may think different, but until that point he means no more and no less to me than anybody else.
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21 months ago
Monsieur Cook? Oh mon Dieu!!
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