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Mediapart company logo.jpg
Format Online
Publisher Edwy Plenel
Editor François Bonnet
Founded 2008
Language French/English
Headquarters Paris, France
Circulation 112,000

Mediapart is a French online investigative and opinion journal created in 2008 by the former editor-in-chief of Le Monde Edwy Plenel among others. It has left-leaning stance.[citation needed]

Mediapart's income is purely derived from subscription fees and the website does not carry any advertising. In 2011, Mediapart made a profit for the first time, taking in €500,000 in profit with around 60,000 subscribers.[1]

Mediapart consists of two main sections: the journal itself (Le Journal), run by professional journalists, and Le Club, a collaborative forum edited by the subscriber community. In 2011, Mediapart launched FrenchLeaks, a whistleblower website inspired by WikiLeaks.[2]

Political scandals[edit]

Mediapart has played a central role in the revelation and investigation of several major French political scandals, among which:

  • the Bettencourt affair.[3]
  • the Cahuzac case: in 2012, Mediapart made public a 2000 audio recording compromising Jérome Cahuzac, then Minister for the Budget, in a fiscal fraud case.[4]


  1. ^ "Breaking down the paywall". Global Journalist. 22 September 2011. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Smith, Sydney. "New WikiLeaks Partner Launches FrenchLeaks, Canadian Man Launches QuebecLeaks". iMediaEthics. Art Science Research Laboratory. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Jacinto, Leela (6 July 2010). "How a start-up news site broke and rode the Bettencourt scandal". France 24. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  4. ^ French Minister Steps Down in Swiss Bank Investigation Article by Scott Sayare, published by the New York Times - March 19, 2013

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