Le Point

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Le Point
Categories news magazine
Frequency Weekly
Publisher Le Point publishing
Year founded 1972
Company Groupe Artémis
Country France
Based in Paris
Language French
Website www.lepoint.fr
ISSN 0242-6005

Le Point (French pronunciation: ​[ləˈpwɛ̃]) is a French weekly political and news magazine published in Paris, France.

History and profile[edit]

Le Point was founded in 1972[1][2] by a group of journalists who had, one year earlier, left the editorial team of L'Express,[3][4] which was then owned by Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber, a député (member of parliament) of the Parti Radical. The company operating the newspaper, Société d'exploitation de l'hebdomadaire Le Point (SEBDO Le Point) has its head office in the 14th arrondissement of Paris.[5] The founders put emphasize on readers' need and it became the aim of Le Point.[3] Le Point is published weekly by Le Point publishing.[6]

After a fairly difficult start in September 1972, the magazine quickly challenged L'Express. It has changed ownership several times: from Gaumont, and Alcatel it is currently owned by Artémis, a French investment group founded and owned by the billionaire businessman François Pinault. The weekly recruited journalists from the Parisian press and relied on its ability to redefine the genre. It modelled itself closely on Time Magazine and Newsweek.

The editorial team of spring 1972 found financial backing with group Hachette and was then directed by Claude Imbert. Other journalists making up the team were: Jacques Duquesne, Henri Trinchet, Pierre Billard, Robert Franc, Georges Suffert. Management included Olivier Chevrillon, Pdg and Philippe Ramond.

Le Point has a conservative stance without any political affiliation.[4] The magazine had a circulation of 336,000 copies in 1981.[7] It was 311,000 copies in 1987 and 320,000 copies in 1988.[7] In the period of 2001-2002 Le Point had a circulation of 303,000 copies.[6]

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  1. ^ "Weekly Magazines: Second in a Series on French Media". Wikileaks. 1 December 2006. Retrieved 1 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Philip Thody (1 December 2000). Le Franglais: Forbidden English, Forbidden American: Law, Politics and Language in Contemporary France: A Study in. A&C Black. p. 289. ISBN 978-1-4411-7760-5. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Lawrence D. Kritzman; Brian J. Reilly (2007). The Columbia History of Twentieth-Century French Thought. Columbia University Press. p. 721. ISBN 978-0-231-10790-7. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Alexandra Hughes; Keith A Reader (11 March 2002). Encyclopaedia of Contemporary French Culture. Routledge. p. 432. ISBN 978-1-134-78866-8. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Mentions légales." Le Point. Retrieved 25 August 2011. "Siège social: 74, avenue du Maine - 75682 Paris Cedex 14"
  6. ^ a b "Top 50 Finance/Business/News magazines worldwide (by circulation)" (Report). Magazine Organization. Retrieved 13 December 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Raymond Kuhn (7 April 2006). The Media in France. Routledge. p. 68. ISBN 978-1-134-98053-6. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 

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