List of newspapers in France

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Below is a list of newspapers in France.

Evolution in circulation, 1999-2011
Evolution in circulation, 1999-2011



Newspaper Logo Founded Circulation Chief Editor Ideology Political Position
La Croix 15 June 1883 87 682 (2019) Jérôme Chapuis, Anne-Bénédicte Hoffner Christian Democracy Centre-Right
Les Échos 1908 132 210 (2019) Neo-Liberalism, Liberalism Centre-Right
Le Figaro 15 January 1826 350 397 (2021) Robert Mergui Liberal Conservatism, Gaullism, Conservatism Centre-Right
L'Humanité 18 April 1904 36 347 (2019) Fabien Gay Socialism, Communism Left-Wing
Libération 18 April 1973 91 833 (2021) Don Alfon Socialism, Social Democracy Left-Wing
Le Monde 1944 323 565 (2019) Jérôme Fenoglio Social Liberalism, Social Democracy Centre-Left
Online newspapers
Free newspapers



Every four years[edit]

Presse quotidienne nationale française[edit]

Presse quotidienne nationale française is a group of eighteen paid-for French daily newspapers, of which six have circulations in excess of 100,000,[1] and four free newspapers, which have a much larger circulation: not only is the paid-for press more expensive, but there are fewer outlets from which to buy newspapers. In recent years many newsstands and newsagents in Paris that sold newspapers have closed, and customers would need to travel far to get some titles.


Name Founded Founder Replaced/merged Group Major shareholders Circulation (2013)[1] Remarks
Le Parisien / Aujourd'hui en France 22 August 1944 Émilien Amaury Le Parisien Libéré Groupe Amaury 411,003 Quality general and popular paper. Centre-left politics. Circulation figures for Le Parisien and 'Aujourd'hui en France are combined here.
Le Figaro Weekly: 15 January 1826
Daily: 1866
Étienne Arago and Maurice Alhoy L'Aurore Socpresse Groupe Industriel Marcel Dassault (Serge Dassault) 317,225 General newspaper, right-wing politics.
Le Monde 18 December 1944 Hubert Beuve-Méry Le Temps Groupe Le Monde Pierre Bergé, Matthieu Pigasse, Xavier Niel 275,310 Known as the "journal of reference". Politically independent, it often leans to centre-left views. Le Monde is the only evening newspaper in this list.
L'Équipe (general edition) 28 February 1946 Jacques Goddet L'Auto Groupe Amaury 243,580 Sports newspaper
Les Échos Monthly: 1908
Daily: 1928
Émile Servan-Schreiber Les Échos de l’Exportation DI Group LVMH (Bernard Arnault) 123,636 Primarily financial. Takes a liberal-conservative editorial stance, leaning to the right.
Libération 22 May 1973 Jean-Paul Sartre and Serge July SARL Libération Patrick Drahi and Bruno Ledoux [eu; fr] 101,616 Left-wing newspaper, aligned with the Parti socialiste.
La Croix 1883 Assumptionist Bayard Presse 94,673 Roman-Catholic newspaper and centre-right conservative.
Le Petit Quotidien 1998 Play Bac Presse Play Bac Presse 53,807 For 6- to 10-year-olds.
Mon quotidien [eo; fr] 1995 Play Bac Presse Play Bac Presse 47,358 For 10- to 14-year-olds.
Paris Turf [fr] 1946 Turf Éditions 41,393 Horse racing.
L'Humanité 18 April 1904 Jean Jaurès Société nouvelle du journal l'Humanité 40,562 Organ of the French Communist Party from 1920 to 1994; it remains close but has flirted with other left-wing bodies.
Paris Courses 1994 Jean Claude Seroul Turf Éditions 20,653 Horse racing.
International New York Times 1887 James Gordon Bennett, Jr. New York Herald Tribune New York Times Company 17,167 English language newspaper.
Tiercé Magazine [fr] 1978 Jean Claude Seroul Turf Éditions 13,952 Horse racing.
Week End 1962 Leo Zitrone Turf Éditions 13,859
La Gazette des Courses 13,847 Horse racing.
Bilto [fr] 1985 Les Editions de la Bulle Turf Éditions 10,405


Free newspapers are distributed from newsstands and traditional newsagent's shops at the entrances of metro stations and other public places.


  • 20 minutes: Schibsted, a Norwegian group, launched this in France at the start of 2002. It has a circulation of 870,000 in France (over 8 editions) of which 510,000 is in Paris. With 2,160 million readers, 20 Minutes is the largest general-readership newspaper in France.
  • Metronews: Circulation of over 800,000.
  • Direct Matin: Published by a partnership of Bolloré and Le Monde. It produces its own content, and also republishes articles from Le Monde and Courrier international.


21st century[edit]

The storm of new free titles, together with the expansion of Internet use and the closure of so many points of sale, a turndown in advertising revenue after the World financial crisis of 2007, the high cost of printing and other phenomena significantly affected the print media, especially dailies, which underwent a severe crisis.[4][5][6]









Former newspapers[edit]


Ottoman Turkish[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "CLASSEMENT PRESSE QUOTIDIENNE NATIONALE 2013–2014". OJD France (in French). Archived from the original on 2 July 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  2. ^ Reitzaum, Hélène; Derreumaux, Olivia (21 December 2011). "NextRadio TV doit croître face aux chaînes historiques" [NextRadio TV breaks its historical chains]. Le Figaro (in French). Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Alain Weill cède 80% de "La Tribune"". 20 Minutes (in French). 20 May 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  4. ^ Santi, Pascale (31 August 2008). "Presse quotidienne nationale : les raisons d'une crise très française". Le Monde (in French). Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  5. ^ Bajos, Sandrine; Cassini, Sandrine (30 January 2012). "La fin d'un quotidien national, symptôme d'une presse malade". La Tribune (in French). Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  6. ^ Anizon, Emmanuelle; Sénéjoux, Richard; Tesquet, Olivier (12 January 2013). "Qu'arrive-t-il à la presse écrite? L'abécédaire de la crise". Télérama (in French). Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Pariser Tageblatt : le quotidien de Paris en langue allemande". Deutsche National Bibliothek (DNB) (in German). Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Pariser Tagezeitung, Quotidien Anti-Hitlerien à Paris". Deutsche National Bibliothek (DNB) (in German). Retrieved 28 March 2018.

Further reading[edit]

  • Blackburn, George M. "Paris Newspapers and the American Civil War." Illinois Historical Journal (1991): 177–193. in JSTOR
  • Censer, Jack Richard. Press and politics in pre-revolutionary France (Univ of California Press, 1987)
  • Chalaby, Jean K. "Twenty years of contrast: The French and British press during the inter-war period." European Journal of Sociology 37.01 (1996): 143–159. 1919-39
  • Collins, Irene. The government and the newspaper press in France, 1814-1881 (Oxford University Press, 1959)
  • Collins, Ross F., and E. M. Palmegiano, eds. The Rise of Western Journalism 1815-1914: Essays on the Press in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain and the United States (2007), Chapter on France by Ross Collins
  • Cragin, Thomas J. "The Failings of Popular News Censorship in Nineteenth-Century France." Book History 4.1 (2001): 49–80. online
  • Edelstein, Melvin. "La Feuille villageoise, the Revolutionary Press, and the Question of Rural Political Participation." French Historical Studies (1971): 175–203. in JSTOR
  • Eisendrath, Charles R. "Politics and Journalism--French Connection." Columbia Journalism Review 18.1 (1979): 58-61
  • Freiberg, J. W. The French press: class, state, and ideology (Praeger Publishers, 1981)
  • Goldstein, Robert Justin. "Fighting French Censorship, 1815-1881." French Review (1998): 785–796. in JSTOR
  • Gough, Hugh. The newspaper press in the French Revolution (Taylor & Francis, 1988)
  • Isser, Natalie. The Second Empire and the Press: A Study of Government-Inspired Brochures on French Foreign Policy in Their Propaganda Milieu (Springer, 1974)
  • Kerr, David S. Caricature and French Political Culture 1830-1848: Charles Philipon and the Illustrated Press (Oxford University Press, 2000)
  • Thogmartin, Clyde. The national daily press of France (Birmingham Alabama: Summa Publications, Inc., 1998), 370pp
  • Trinkle, Dennis A. The Napoleonic press: the public sphere and oppositionary journalism (Edwin Mellen Pr, 2002)
  • Weigle, Clifford. "The Paris Press from 1920 to 1940" Journalism Quarterly (1941) 18: 376–84.
  • Weigle, Clifford. "The Rise and Fall of the Havas News Agency" Journalism Quarterly (1942) 19:277-86
  • Williams, Roger Lawrence. Henri Rochefort, prince of the gutter press (Scribner, 1966)
  • Zerner, Elisabeth H. "Rumors in Paris Newspapers," Public Opinion Quarterly (1946) 10#3 pp. 382–391 in JSTOR In summer 1945

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