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L'Obs (initially France Observateur, later Le Nouvel Observateur, since 23 October 2014 simply L'Obs) [ɔps]) is a weekly French newsmagazine. Based in Paris, it is the most prominent French general information magazine in terms of audience and circulation.
History and profile
The magazine was established in 1950 under the name France-Observateur. It adopted its current name in 1964. Jean Daniel and Claude Perdriel were the founders of the 1964 incarnation of the magazine. Since then Le Nouvel Observateur has been published by Groupe Nouvel Observateur on a weekly basis  and has covered political, business and economic news. It features extensive coverage of European, Middle Eastern and African political, commercial and cultural issues. Its strongest areas are political and literary matters and is noted for its in-depth treatment of the main issues of the day. It has been described as "the French intellectuals' parish magazine", or more pejoratively as "quasi-official organ of France's 'gauche caviar'".
Magazine's internet site was launched by Patrick Fiole and Christina Sourieau in 1999.
The magazine's new charter, adopted in June 2004 (on the 40th anniversary of its founding), described the paper's principles:
- ...The Nouvel Observateur is a cultural and political weekly whose orientation belongs within the general social-democratic movement. A tradition ever concerned with combining respect for freedom and the quest for social justice.
Its current editorial board is presided over by two of its co-founders, Jean Daniel and Claude Perdriel, two editors-in-chief, Laurent Joffrin and Serge Lafaurie, as well as director general, Jacqueline Galvez. André Gorz and other journalists who had left L'Express helped found the publication. A 65% stake in the magazine was purchased by the owners of Le Monde in 2014.
On 23 October 2014 the magazine was renamed as L'Obs and its layout was also changed to cover in-depth reports on investigations, stories and discussions of ideas.
Challenges is an international business magazine published by Le Nouvel Observateur beginning in 1982. Released fortnightly, it includes information on companies and their managers at the CEO level all around the world.
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