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Les Échos is the first daily French financial newspaper, founded in 1908 by the brothers Robert and Émile Servan-Schreiber. It is the main competitor of La Tribune, a rival financial paper.

Les Échos
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TypeDaily financial newspaper
PublisherGroupe Les Échos
Editor-in-chiefHenri Gibier
Founded1908; 111 years ago (1908)
Political alignmentEconomic liberalism
Circulation120,546 (July 2011-July 2012)


History and profileEdit

The paper was established as a monthly publication under the name of Les Échos de l’Exportation by the brothers Robert and Émile Servan-Schreiber in 1908.[1][2] It became a daily newspaper in 1928 and was renamed as Les Échos.[3][1][2] The newspaper was bought by the British media group Pearson PLC in 1988, and was sold to the French luxury goods conglomerate LVMH in November 2007.[4][5][6] The publisher of the paper is Groupe Les Échos.[7]

Les Échos has a liberal stance and is published on weekdays.[7] The paper is headquartered in Paris and has a website which was launched in 1996.[8][9] The paper publishes economical analyses by leading economists, including Joseph Stiglitz and Kenneth Rogoff.[8]

In September 2003 Les Échos switched from tabloid format to Berliner format.[10] In 2004, the newspaper won the EPICA award.[11]

In 2010, the coverage of Les Échos was expanded to cover such topics as innovations in science, technologies, green growth, medicine and health and skills concerning marketing and advertising, management, education, strategy and leadership, law and finance.[12] The former separate sections of IT and communications were merged under the section of high tech and media.

In 2013 the newspaper started a project called LesEchos360, a business news aggregation platform.[13]


In 2000 Les Échos was the sixth best-selling newspaper in France with a circulation of 728,000 copies.[14] The 2009 circulation of the paper was 127,000 copies.[7] From July 2011 to July 2012 the paper had a circulation of 120,546 copies.[15]


  1. ^ a b ""Les Echos" vendus à LVMH, "La Tribune" à... News Participations ? Les rachats font flores dans la presse économique". Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b "History of Groupe Les Echos – FundingUniverse". Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  3. ^ "European News Resources". NYU Libraries. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Les Echos". Worldcrunch. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  5. ^ "VMH buys Les Echos from Pearson". BBC. 5 November 2007. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  6. ^ "France -- Media Guide 2008" (PDF). Open Source Center. 16 July 2008. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  7. ^ a b c "Les Echos". Euro Topics. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Les Echos". Vox Europ. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  9. ^ "Daily Newspapers: First in a Series on the French Media". Wikileaks. 6 November 2006. Archived from the original on 7 February 2015. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  10. ^ "Size matters... if you are a Brit". MediaWeek. 13 July 2004. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  11. ^ "Epica d'Or 2004 (print)". Epica Awards. 2008. Archived from the original on 5 December 2008. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  12. ^ "Business daily Les Echos offers a new model with a new layout and expands its digital offer". Publicitas. 7 September 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  13. ^ Rachel McAthy (21 June 2013). "France's Les Echos launching business news aggregation". Journalism. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  14. ^ Mary Kelly; Gianpietro Mazzoleni; Denis McQuail, eds. (17 December 2003). The Media in Europe: The Euromedia Handbook. SAGE Publications. p. 76. ISBN 978-1-4129-3260-8. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  15. ^ "New layout for Les Echos". Publicitas. 7 November 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2014.

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