The paper was established as Le Parisien libéré by Émilien Amaury in 1944, and was published for the first time on 22 August. The name was changed to the current one in 1986. A national edition exists, called Aujourd'hui en France ("Today in France").
In the period of 1995-96 the paper had a circulation of 451,159 copies. It was the second largest regional newspaper in circulation in France with a combined circulation of 530,000 copies in 2008, behind Ouest-France, which had a circulation of about 800,000 copies.