Le Soir

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Le Soir
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Type Daily newspaper
Format Berliner
Owner(s) Rossel & Cie. S.A
Editor Béatrice Delvaux
Founded 1887; 127 years ago (1887)
Headquarters Rue Royale 100,
B-1000 Brussels, Belgium
Official website www.lesoir.be

Le Soir (literally, "The Evening") is a French language daily Belgian newspaper. Founded in 1887 by Emile Rossel, it was intended as an politically-independent and traditionally Liberal source of news. It is one of the most popular Francophone newspapers in Belgium, competing with La Libre Belgique, and since 2005 has appeared in Berliner format. It is owned by Rossel & Cie, which also owns several Belgian news outlets and the French paper La Voix du Nord.


Le Soir was founded in 1887.

When Belgium was occupied during the Second World War, Le Soir continued to be published under German censorship, unlike many Belgian newspapers which went underground. The paper, which became known as "Le Soir Volé" (or "Stolen Le Soir"), was parodied by the resistance group, the Front de l'Indépendance which in 1943 published a satirical pro-Allied edition of the paper, dubbed the "Faux Soir" (or "Fake Soir"), which was mixed with official copies of the paper and distributed to news kiosk in Brussels. The "Stolen Le Soir" was notable for including Hergé's Adventures of Tintin cartoons in serialized form during the war.

The renewed production of the "Free Le Soir", under Lucien Fuss, restarted on 6 September 1944, just days after the Allied Liberation of Brussels.

In the period of 1995-96 the daily had a circulation of 182,798 copies.[1] Its 2002 circulation was 130,495 with the market share of 20.3%.[2]

Editorial stance[edit]

Compared to its centre-right Catholic competitor, La Libre Belgique, Le Soir is seen as liberal and progressist with politically federalist leanings.

Reaffirmed on the occasion of the release of the new format on 15 November 2005, Le Soir describes its editorial stance as "a progressive and independent daily newspaper." It describes its aims to be a "counterweight" and "always alert, in line with society".

It describes its role as:

An evening paper to fight for the rights of man and women, to respect human dignity, freedom of expression, tolerance, multiculturalism, difference

—Béatrice Delvaux, editor-in-chief, 2005.[3]

Google controversy[edit]

The paper gained some notoriety on the internet after it successfully sued the search-engine Google for copyright infringement. The case was built on the fact that Google made parts of the newspaper's website available through its search engine and its Google News service, even after the articles in question had been removed from the newspaper's website.[4] A Belgian judge ruled that this did not conform to Belgian regulations and ordered Google to remove all "copyright violations" from its websites. Google responded as requested, by removing all links to the Belgian newspaper not only from its news service but also from its search index.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Euromedia Research Group (24 September 1998). Media Policy: Convergence, Concentration & Commerce. SAGE Publications. p. 10. ISBN 978-1-4462-6524-6. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  2. ^ David Ward (2004). "A Mapping Study of Media Concentration and Ownership in Ten European Countries". Dutch Media Authority. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Delvaux, Béatrice (2005). "Le Soir se leve contre l'inacceptable". Le Soir. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  4. ^ White, Aoife (13 February 2007). "Belgian Newspapers win Google Lawsuit". Toronto Star. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Belgian newspaper: Google blocking us on searches, Associated Press via CBS News, 15 July 2011

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