|Publisher||Hachette Filipacchi Médias|
|First issue||25 March 1949|
History and profile
In 1976 Daniel Filipacchi purchased the ailing Paris Match, and turned it into one of France's most successful and influential magazines. The magazine is published weekly and is now part of Hachette Filipacchi Médias, which is itself owned by the Lagardère Group.
On occasion, Paris Match has sold more than one million copies worldwide when covering major events such as the first flight by a French astronaut aboard the U.S. Space Shuttle in June 1985. Benoit Clair, a senior writer for Paris Match was the first journalist allowed to join the shuttle crew members from training until the departure for the launch pad at Cape Canaveral. A series of reports on the training was published in Paris Match on 22 April 1985, 17 June 1985 and 20 January 1986.
As of 1996 the magazine had an independent political stance.
The 1988 circulation of Paris Match was 873,000 copies, making it the most read news weekly in the country. In 2001 the weekly was the tenth largest news magazine in the world with a circulation of 630,000 copies.
Paris Match had a circulation of 656,000 copies during the 2007-2008 period. In 2009 the magazine was the best selling photonews magazine in France with a circulation of 611,000 copies. The circulation of the magazine was 611,045 copies in 2010. Its circulation was 578,282 copies in 2014.
In popular culture
In Hergé's Tintin adventure The Castafiore Emerald (1963), reporters from the imaginary "Paris-Flash" magazine (a clear spoof on Paris Match, with a similar logo) play a major role in the plot's development. The magazine is satirized as sensationalist and inaccurate.
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