Reworking of Breite Halbfette Grotesk by Schelter & Giesecke, Leipzig (1890); matrices aquired by Haas ca. 1900 and initially named Breite Fette Grotesk. They changed the g to the single storey form, supposedly more popular in German speaking countries by that time.
Französische Grotesk functioned as a direct model for Neue Haas-Grotesk (later Helvetica) together with Berthold’s Akzidenz-Grotesk and Normal Grotesk by Haas.
Revived by Christian Schwartz and issued as FF Bau in 2002.