Paris Match

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Paris Match
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Editor-in-chief Olivier Royant
Categories Newsmagazine
Frequency Weekly
Publisher Hachette Filipacchi Médias
Total circulation
Year founded 1949
First issue 25 March 1949; 66 years ago (1949-03-25)
Country France
Based in Paris
Language French
Website Paris Match
ISSN 0397-1635

Paris Match (French pronunciation: ​[pa.ʁimatʃ]) is a French language weekly news magazine. It covers major national and international news along with celebrity lifestyle features.

History and profile[edit]

Paris Match was founded in 1949 by the industrialist Jean Prouvost.[1]

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,[2] which is itself owned by the Lagardère Group.[3]

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.[4]

As of 1996 the magazine had an independent political stance.[5]


The 1988 circulation of Paris Match was 873,000 copies, making it the most read news weekly in the country.[5] In 2001 the weekly was the tenth largest news magazine in the world with a circulation of 630,000 copies.[2]

Paris Match had a circulation of 656,000 copies during the 2007-2008 period.[6] In 2009 the magazine was the best selling photonews magazine in France with a circulation of 611,000 copies.[7] The circulation of the magazine was 611,045 copies in 2010.[8] Its circulation was 578,282 copies in 2014.[9]

In popular culture[edit]

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.


  1. ^ "Historical development of the media in France". McGraw-Hill Education. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Top 50 Finance/Business/News magazines worldwide (by circulation)" (Report). Magazine Organization. Retrieved 13 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Madjar, Robert (1997). Daniel Filipacchi. Editions Michel Lafon
  4. ^ Baudry, Patrick (1985). "Aujourd'hui le soleil se lève 16 fois" avec Benoit Clair. Editions Michel Lafon.
  5. ^ a b Peter Humphreys (15 May 1996). Mass Media and Media Policy in Western Europe. Manchester University Press. p. 88. ISBN 978-0-7190-3197-7. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  6. ^ Anne Austin et. al. (2008). "Western Europe Market & Media Fact". ZenithOptimedia. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  7. ^ Raymond Kuhn (1 March 2011). The Media In Contemporary France. McGraw-Hill Education (UK). p. 9. ISBN 978-0-335-23622-0. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "World Magazine Trends 2010/2011". FIPP. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "Presse Magazine". OJD. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 

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