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Le Figaro

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Le Figaro French pronunciation: ​ is a French daily morning newspaper founded in 1826 and published in Paris The oldest national daily in France, Le Figaro is one of the two French newspapers of record, along with Le Monde, and is one of the most widely respected newspapers in the world

With its center-right editorial line, Le Figaro is the second-largest national newspaper in France after Le Parisien and before Le Monde, although some regional papers have larger circulations In 2012, the paper had an average circulation of 330,952 copies per issue The paper is published in the berliner format, switching from a broadsheet in 2009

The newspaper is owned by Le Figaro Group, whose publications include TV Magazine and Evene The company's chairman is Serge Dassault, whose Dassault Group has controlled the paper since 2004


  • 1 History
  • 2 Logo
  • 3 Editorial stance and controversies
  • 4 Circulation history
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References
  • 7 Further reading
  • 8 External links


6th issue, 20 January 1826 Front page of Le Figaro, August 4, 1914 Figaro Illustré 01-08-1906

Le Figaro was founded as a satirical weekly in 1826, taking its name and motto from Le Mariage de Figaro, the 1778 play by Pierre Beaumarchais that poked fun at privilege Its motto, from Figaro's monologue in the play's final act, is "Sans la liberté de blâmer, il n'est point d'éloge flatteur" "Without the freedom to criticise, there is no true praise" In 1833, editor Nestor Roqueplan fought a duel with a Colonel Gallois, who was offended by an article in Le Figaro, and was wounded but recovered Albert Wolff, Émile Zola, Alphonse Karr and Jules Claretie were among the paper's early contributors It was published somewhat irregularly until 1854, when it was taken over by Hippolyte de Villemessant

In 1866 Le Figaro became a daily newspaper Its first daily edition, that of 16 November 1866, sold 56,000 copies, having highest circulation of any newspaper in France Its editorial line was royalist

On 16 March 1914, Gaston Calmette, the editor of Le Figaro, was assassinated by Henriette Caillaux, the wife of Finance Minister Joseph Caillaux, after he published a letter that cast serious doubt on her husband's integrity In 1922, Le Figaro was purchased by perfume millionaire François Coty Abel Faivre did cartoons for the paper

By the start of World War II, Le Figaro had become France's leading newspaper After the war it became the voice of the upper middle class, and continues to maintain a conservative position

In 1975, Le Figaro was bought by Robert Hersant's Socpresse In 1999, the Carlyle Group obtained a 40% stake in the paper, which it later sold in March 2002 Since March 2004 Le Figaro has been controlled by Serge Dassault, a conservative businessman and politician best known for running the aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation, which he inherited from his father, its founder, Marcel Dassault 1892–1986 Dassault owns 80% of the paper

In 2006, Le Figaro was banned in Egypt and Tunisia for publishing articles allegedly insulting Islam

Le Figaro switched to Berliner format in 2009 The paper has published The New York Times International Weekly on Friday since 2009, an 8-page supplement featuring a selection of articles from The New York Times translated into French In 2010, Lefigarofr created a section called Le Figaro in English, which provides the global English-speaking community with daily original or translated content from Le Figaro’s website The section ended in 2012


Editorial stance and controversies

Le Figaro has traditionally held a conservative editorial stance, becoming the voice of the French upper and middle classes

The newspaper's ownership by Serge Dassault has been a source of controversy in terms of conflict-of-interest, as Dassault also owns a major military supplier and has served in political positions from the Union for a Popular Movement party His son Olivier Dassault is a member of the French National Assembly Dassault has remarked in an interview in 2004 on the public radio station France Inter that "newspapers must promulgate healthy ideas" and that "left-wing ideas are not healthy ideas"

In February 2012, a general assembly of the newspaper's journalists adopted a motion accusing the paper's managing editor, Étienne Mougeotte, of having made Le Figaro into the "bulletin" of the governing party, the Union for a Popular Movement, of the government and of President Nicolas Sarkozy They requested more pluralism and "honesty" and accused the paper of one-sided political reporting Mougeotte had previously said that Le Figaro would do nothing to embarrass the government and the right Mougeotte publicly replied: "Our editorial line pleases our readers as it is, it works I don't see why I should change it We are a right-wing newspaper and we express it clearly, by the way Our readers know it, our journalists too There's nothing new to that!"

Circulation history

In the period of 1995–96, the paper had a circulation of 391,533 copies, behind Le Parisien's 451,159 copies

Year 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Circulation 366,690 360,909 366,529 369,108 369,706 365,083 337,118 332,818 338,618 330,482 323,991 325,509 329,367 330,952

See also

  • Journalism portal
  • Paris portal
  • Libération
  • Madame Figaro


  1. ^ a b Raymond Kuh, The Media in France Routledge, London and New York, 1995 Retrieved 4 September 2016
  2. ^ "Le Figaro media kit 2015 v3" PDF September 2015 Retrieved 5 February 2016 
  3. ^ a b Le Figaro French Newspaper, Encyclopædia Britannica
  4. ^ a b Media Policy: Convergence, Concentration & Commerce SAGE Publications 24 September 1998 p 10 ISBN 978-1-4462-6524-6 Retrieved 3 February 2014 
  5. ^ a b The press in France, BBC News
  6. ^ a b c "The press in France" BBC 11 November 2006 Retrieved 22 November 2014 
  7. ^ "Media Landscape Media Claims" PDF European Social Survey May 2014 Retrieved 12 January 2015 
  8. ^ Millingen, JG 2004 The History of Dueling Including Narratives of the Most Remarkable Encounters 
  9. ^ "Historical development of the media in France" PDF McGraw-Hill Education Retrieved 24 February 2015 
  10. ^ Alan Grubb, The Politics of Pessimism: Albert de Broglie and Conservative Politics in the Early Third Republic
  11. ^ Sarah Sissmann and Christophe Barbier, "Une épouse outragée", L'Express, 30 August 2004 Retrieved 27 January 2007
  12. ^ Janet Flanner 3 May 1930,"Perfume and Politics", The New Yorker Republished 7 May 2005 Retrieved 27 January 2007
  13. ^ "Deposit Your Gold for France Gold Fights for Victory" World Digital Library 1915 Retrieved 26 October 2013 
  14. ^ "The impact of blasphemy laws on human Rights" Policy Brief Freedom House Retrieved 29 September 2013 
  15. ^ "Tunisia, Egypt ban newspaper editions on controversy over pope's comments" CPJ New York 27 September 2006 Retrieved 29 September 2013 
  16. ^ "Le Figaro" Euro Topics Retrieved 25 February 2015 
  17. ^ "Mon Figaro - Cercle - Le Figaro in English - articles" Le Figaro Retrieved 5 July 2012 
  18. ^ "Mon Figaro - This Week's Top Stories from France" Le Figaro 26 April 2012 Retrieved 5 July 2012 
  19. ^ "Dassault se sépare d'Yves de Chaisemartin", Le Figaro, 1 October 2004 Retrieved 27 January 2007
  20. ^ "M Dassault veut une presse aux « idées saines »", Le Monde, 12 December 2004 Retrieved 27 January 2007
  21. ^ ""Le Figaro" n'est pas "le bulletin d'un parti"", Le Monde, 9 February 2012
  22. ^ "La question du jour "Le Figaro" est-il un journal d'opinion ou un "bulletin" de l'UMP", Le Nouvel Observateur, 10 February 2012
  23. ^ "Présidentielle : les journalistes du Figaro réclament un journal plus « honnête »", Rue89, 9 February 2012
  24. ^ ""Le Figaro" : Mougeotte répond aux critiques de ses journalistes", Le Nouvel Observateur, 10 February 2012

Further reading

  • Merrill, John C and Harold A Fisher The world's great dailies: profiles of fifty newspapers 1980 pp 124–29

External links

  • Le Figaro website French
  • Le Figaro digital archives from 1826 to 1942 in Gallica, the digital library of the BnF

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