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L'Orient-Le Jour meaning The Orient-The Day is a leading French-language daily newspaper in Lebanon.

L'Orient Le Jour
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L'Orient-Le Jour, Beirut, January 30, 2017
TypeDaily newspaper
Founded1 September 1970; 48 years ago (1970-09-01)
Political alignmentLiberalism
WebsiteL'Orient Le Jour
L'Orient as an independent title prior to merger as L'Orient- Le Jour
Le Jour as an independent title prior to merger as L'Orient- Le Jour



L'Orient-Le Jour was first published on 1 September 1970,[1][2] following the merger of two French language Lebanese dailies, L'Orient (founded in Beirut in 1924 by Gabriel Khabbaz and Georges Naccache) and Le Jour (founded in 1934 by Michel Chiha).[3]

During the Lebanese Civil War the paper was closed down by the occupying Syrian Army for a brief period in 1976[4] but the paper resumed publication after.

The paper covers politics, local and international news, finance and economics, culture, entertainment as well as sports.[1] According to the Arab Press Network, an offshoot of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), it is the only extant Francophone newspaper in Lebanon and is "partisan to a liberal, Christian leaning line."[5] It is further claimed by the journalism network of the European Union that the paper is the most liberal daily published in the Arab world.[2]

The paper is published by Société de presse et d'éditions SAL, that also published the business magazine Le Commerce du Levant.

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  1. ^ a b "Clients". KnowledgeView. Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Country Profiles - Lebanon". Journalism Network. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  3. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in French) L'Orient-Le Jour About Us, Lorient Le Jour
  4. ^ "Syria/Lebanon: Summary", Human Rights Watch
  5. ^ "L'Orient le Jour" Archived 10 March 2013 at the Wayback Machine, Arab Press Network. Retrieved 20 November 2013.

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