Presse quotidienne nationale française

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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 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 1995 Play Bac Presse Play Bac Presse 47,358 For 10- to 14-year-olds.
Paris Turf 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 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 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 L'irruption des gratuits, l'expansion d'Internet, la fermeture de nombreux points de vente, la baisse des revenus publicitaires à la suite de la crise économique de la fin des années 2000, the high cost of printing and other phenomena significantly affected the print media, especially dailies, which underwent a severe crisis.[4][5][6]

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  1. ^ a b "CLASSEMENT PRESSE QUOTIDIENNE NATIONALE 2013–2014". OJD France (in French). 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.