I emailed Dugast to get to the bottom of the rumors I'd been hearing, and here is the answer I got back:
No, that is totally untrue. Maybe there is a confusion with the facts of a
few years ago. About 6 years ago the old owner of the company, named Andre
Dugast, decided to retire. At that moment Richard Nieuwhuis bought the
company and began to produce on his own. Right now we have a production
which is twice as high as when Andre Dugast was the director.
Mystery solved. Now go buy a set, shoot, buy two!