Le Petit Parisien

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Le Petit Parisien
Le Petit Parisien 1889.jpg
Illustrated literary supplement on September 29, 1889.
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Founded 1876
Headquarters Paris
Circulation 2,000,000+ <1920s> Daily

Le Petit Parisien was a prominent French newspaper during the French Third Republic. It was published between 1876 and 1944, and its circulation was over 2 million after the First World War.


Despite its name, the paper was circulated across France, and records showed claims that it had the biggest newspaper circulation in the world at this time [1] In May 1927, the paper fell into a media prank set up by Jean-Paul Sartre and his friends, announcing that Charles Lindbergh was going to be awarded as École Normale Supérieure honorary student.[2] During the Second World War the paper, under the editorship of Claude Jeantet, was the official voice of the Vichy regime and in 1944 was briefly published by Jeantet in Nazi Germany before closing down.[3]


  1. ^ (French) Fonds du Petit Parisien, Archives nationales (French national archives).
  2. ^ Hayman, Ronald (1987) Sartre: a life pp.69, 318
  3. ^ Philip Rees, Biographical Dictionary of the Extreme Right Since 1890, 1990, p. 198

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