Named 'Chef of the Century' in 1989, Robuchon ran a dozen restaurants across three continents and at one point had an unprecedented 31 stars.
But company says departures at its historic factory at Clermont-Ferrand will not be compulsory and it will invest millions of euros in site.
France has caught up with Japan in the number of restaurants having three Michelin stars in this year's edition of the celebrated food guide.
A restaurant in the southern French city Nîmes is relinquishing its coveted Michelin one star-ranking to become a cheap-and cheerful brasserie.
A restaurant in the southern French city Nîmes is relinquishing its coveted Michelin one star-ranking and becomes a cheap-and cheerful brasserie in an attempt to lure back customers amid the economic gloom.