Gauloises cigarettes are very popular not only in France. They are preferred by many smokers of European countries bordering France and in England especially. They have recently gained high popularity in the countries of the CIS, though Gauloises cigarettes can hardly be considered cheap.
Originally Gauloises cigarettes were unfiltered and very strong, made with Turkish and Syrian tobacco. Now they are filtered and called Gauloises Blondes (the original was black and there was a period when both versions were manufactured and offered, so the word “Blondes” was added to make a distinction).