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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 Edwy Plenel, the former editor-in-chief of Le Monde.

Mediapart's income is solely derived from subscription fees; the website does not carry any advertising. In 2011, Mediapart made a profit for the first time, netting €500,000 from 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 its subscriber community. In 2011, Mediapart launched FrenchLeaks, a whistleblower website inspired by WikiLeaks.[2][3]

Political scandals[edit]

Mediapart has played a central role in the revelation and investigation of two major French political scandals:

  • The Bettencourt affair in 2010.[4]
  • The Cahuzac case in 2012. Mediapart made public an audio recording from 2000 compromising Jérome Cahuzac, then France's Minister for the Budget, in a fiscal fraud case.[5]


  1. ^ "Breaking down the paywall". Global Journalist. 22 September 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Smith, Sydney (12 March 2011). "New WikiLeaks Partner Launches FrenchLeaks, Canadian Man Launches QuebecLeaks". iMediaEthics. Art Science Research Laboratory. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Cherubini, Federica (11 March 2011). "FrenchLeaks launches: a new whistle-blowing site from Mediapart". Editor's Weblog (World Association of Newspapers and New Publishers). Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  4. ^ Jacinto, Leela (6 July 2010). "How a start-up news site broke and rode the Bettencourt scandal". France 24. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  5. ^ Sayare, Scott (19 March 2013). "French Minister Steps Down in Swiss Bank Investigation". New York Times. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 

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