Its first issue came out in 4 October 1923. After 11 June 1940, the same publisher, Jean Prouvost, continued its publication in Vichy France: Clermont-Ferrand, Lyon, Marseille, and Vichy while in occupied Paris, it was published under German control from 22 June 1940 until 17 August 1944. Immediately prior the occupation of Paris, Paris-Soir boasted a circulation of two and a half million - - the largest circulation of any newspaper in Europe at that time.
A Sunday edition, Paris-soir dimanche was published from 22 December 1935 until 16 September 1939.
- Flanner, Janet (7 December 1940). "Reporter at Large". New Yorker. p. 56. . Its editors included Pierre-Antoine Cousteau.
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