Le Parisien (pronounced [lə paʁizjɛ̃]; lit.'The Parisian') is a French daily newspaper covering both international and national news, and local news of Paris and its suburbs. It is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, better known as LVMH.

Le Parisien
Front pages of Le Parisien (regional) and Aujourd'hui en France (national) on 12 September 2016. While both editions carry the same main story, several side headlines are different.
TypeDaily newspaper
Founded1944; 79 years ago (1944)
Political alignmentNeutral[1]
Headquarters15th arrondissement of Paris
Circulation180,854 (as of 2020)
Head office of Le Parisien

History and profile edit

The paper was established as Le Parisien libéré (pronounced [lə paʁizjɛ̃ libeʁe]; lit.'The Freed Parisian') by Émilien Amaury in 1944,[2][3] and was published for the first time on 22 August 1944. The paper was originally launched as the organ of the French underground during the German occupation of France in World War II.[3]

The name was changed to the current one in 1986.[2] A national edition exists, called Aujourd'hui en France (pronounced [oʒuʁdɥi ɑ̃ fʁɑ̃s]; lit.'Today in France').

LVMH acquired the paper from Éditions Philippe Amaury in 2015.[4]

Circulation edit

Le Parisien had a circulation near to one million copies in the early 1970s.[5] The paper reached a circulation of 659,200 copies on 24 April 1995, the day after the first round of the presidential election.[2] In the period of 1995–1996 the paper had a circulation of 451,159 copies.[6]

The combined circulation of Le Parisien was 485,000 copies in 2001.[7] The paper had a circulation of 147,143 copies and a combined circulation of 360,505 copies in 2002.[8] It was the second largest regional newspaper in France with a combined circulation of 530,000 copies in 2008,[9] behind Ouest-France, which had a circulation of about 800,000 copies. The circulation of Le Parisien was 229,638 copies in 2014.[10] The circulation of Le Parisien was 264,952 copies in 2020.[11]

Year Circulation
2016 208,978
2017 207,386
2018 196,226
2019 187,041
2020 180,854

Footnotes edit

  1. ^ "Le Parisien-Aujourd'hui en France est et doit rester un grand quotidien populaire et généraliste de qualité. Il tient à préserver sa ligne éditoriale, faite de neutralité politique et de proximité avec son lectorat" (archived 21 May 2015) (in French). Reuters.
  2. ^ a b c Alexandra Hughes; Keith A Reader (11 March 2002). Encyclopaedia of Contemporary French Culture. Routledge. p. 409. ISBN 978-1-134-78866-8. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Le Parisien (French newspaper)". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  4. ^ "LVMH says in talks to buy Le Parisien newspaper". Reuters. 26 May 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  5. ^ Pierre L. Horn (1 January 1991). Handbook of French Popular Culture. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 166. ISBN 978-0-313-26121-3. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  6. ^ Media Policy: Convergence, Concentration & Commerce. SAGE Publications. 24 September 1998. p. 10. ISBN 978-1-4462-6524-6. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  7. ^ Adam Smith (15 November 2002). "Europe's Top Newspapers". Campaign. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Media Markets and Newspapers" (PDF). SFN Flash. 7 (1). 7 January 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 February 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  9. ^ "Circulations". OJD (in French). Archived from the original on 5 April 2009. Retrieved 17 October 2010.
  10. ^ "Presse Quotidienne Regionale 2014". OJD. Archived from the original on 19 March 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Couplage Le Parisien + Aujourd'hui en France - ACPM". www.acpm.fr. Retrieved 5 May 2021.

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