Socpresse was a French corporation which controlled the conservative daily newspaper Le Figaro, the weekly magazine L'Express, 40% of the weekly Le Journal du Dimanche, Valeurs Actuelles, and the football club FC Nantes. The company was acquired by the Dassault in September 2006. Before that date, 13% of the shares belonged to Aude Ruettard, the granddaughter of Robert Hersant.[1] After the acquisition, Dassault sold off most of the company, retaining Le Figaro and FC Nantes.

In total, the Socpresse group owned about 70 newspapers. A partial list includes:[2]

Socpresse also owned 27% of the newspaper company Est Républicain, a company that controls La Liberté de l'Est, Le Journal de la Haute-Marne, Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace, Le Journal de la Haute-Marne. It had a 49% ownership stake in the local TV station TV Nantes Atlantique; and also owns the web sites and


  1. ^ Socpresse-le Figaro Web site of the School of Journalism of Lille
  2. ^ Socpresse Observatoire français des médias