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Media of France

Compared to other European nations, the French are not avid newspaper readers, citing only 164 adults out of every 1000 as newspaper readers.

The French press was healthiest in the aftermath of World War II. A year after the end of the war, 28 papers had a combined circulation of about six million. However, seven years later that figure had been nearly halved.

This decline was principally due to the greater popularity of the broadcast media and the subsequent diversion of advertising revenues. Recently, newly produced free papers have further weakened the established press. Still, 80 daily papers remain, and there are a wide range of weeklies, many of which now feature internet sites.

Regional papers have remained relatively unaffected by the decline, with provincial newspapers commanding a higher degree of reader loyalty. For example, Ouest-France, sells almost twice as many copies as any of the national dailies.


  • Books 1
  • Newspapers 2
    • Daily newspapers and circulation 2.1
      • Publications by circulation 2.1.1
    • Regional daily newspapers 2.2
  • Television channels 3
  • Radio stations in France 4
  • See also 5
  • External links 6
  • References 7



In the early 21st century, the best-selling daily was the regional Ouest-France in 47 local editions, followed by Le Progres of Lyon, La Voix du Nord in Lille, and Provençal in Marseille. In Paris the Communists published l'Humanite while Le Monde Figaro had local rivals in Le Parisien, L'Aurore and the leftist Libération.

Daily newspapers and circulation

Below are the circulation figures of France's national daily newspapers. Sources : OJD France 2011.[1]

(updated: 27/12/2011)

Title 2011
Le Parisien/Aujourd’hui en France 462,403
Le Figaro 332,120
Le Monde 322,872
L'Équipe 301,779
Les Échos 121,203
Libération 121,707
La Croix 105,363
La Tribune 75,170
L'Humanité 49,271[2]
France-Soir 71,290

Publications by circulation

Readers 2011[3]
Ensemble PQN 789,000
Le Parisien/Aujourd'hui en France 244,000
L’Équipe 220,000
Le Monde 196,000
Le Figaro 119,000
Libération 96,000
Les Echos 47,000
La Croix 40,000
L'Humanité 28,000

Regional daily newspapers

Title Reader circulation (2011)[3] Publisher Region of circulation
Le Parisien Amaury Paris, Hauts-de-Seine, Val-de-Marne, Seine-Saint-Denis, Val-d\'Oise, Essonne, Yvelines, Seine-et-Marne, Oise
La Montagne 656,000 Centre-France Puy-de-Dôme, Cantal, Allier, Haute-Loire, Creuse, Corrèze, Haute-Vienne
La République du Centre 177,000 Centre-France Loiret, Eure-et-Loir
L'Yonne Républicaine 139,000 Centre-France Yonne
Le Populaire du Centre 139,000 Centre-France Haute-Vienne, Corrèze, Creuse
L'Écho républicain 132,000 Centre-France Eure-et-Loir,Yvelines
Le Berry républicain 106,000 Centre-France Cher, Indre
Le Journal du Centre 103,000 Centre-France Nièvre
Le Dauphiné libéré 960,000 EBRA Drôme, Ardèche, Hautes-Alpes, Isère, Savoie, Haute-Savoie, Vaucluse
Le Progrès 837,000 EBRA Loire, Rhône, Ain, Jura, Haute-Loire, Saône-et-Loire, Côte-d'Or
L'Est républicain 598,000 EBRA Doubs, Haute-Saône, Territoire-de-Belfort, Vosges, Meuse, Meurthe-et-Moselle
Les Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace 554,000 EBRA Haut-Rhin, Bas-Rhin
L'Alsace / le Pays 314,000 EBRA Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin
Le Journal de Saône-et-Loire 221,000 EBRA Saône-et-Loire
Le Bien public 174,000 EBRA Côte-d'Or, Yonne
Vosges-Matin 144,000 EBRA Vosges
Le Journal de la Haute-Marne 85,000 EBRA Haute-Marne
La Provence 635,000 Hersant Média Bouches-du-Rhône, Vaucluse, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
L'Union 440,000 Hersant Média Marne, Aisne, Ardennes
Nice-Matin 367,000 Hersant Média Alpes-Maritimes, Var, Haute-Corse, Corse-du-Sud
Paris-Normandie 265,000 Hersant Média Seine-Maritime, Eure, Yvelines
Var-matin 256,000 Hersant Média Var
Corse-Matin 171,000 Hersant Média Haute-Corse, Corse-du-Sud
L'Est-Éclair Hersant Média Aube
La Dépêche du Midi 771,000 la Dépêche Lot, Tarn-et-Garonne, Tarn, Gers, Haute-Garonne, Ariège, Aveyron, Aude, Lot-et-Garonne,Hautes-Pyrénées
La Nouvelle République des Pyrénées la Dépêche Hautes-Pyrénées
La Nouvelle République du Centre-Ouest 670,000 NRCO Indre, Cher, Vienne, Deux-Sèvres, Indre-et-Loire, Loir-et-Cher
La Voix du Nord 1,141,000 Rossel Pas-de-Calais, Nord
Le Courrier picard 301,000 Rossel Somme, Oise, Aisne
Nord éclair Rossel Nord
Ouest-France 2,441,000 SIPA - Ouest-France Calvados, Orne, Manche, Ille-et-Vilaine, Morbihan, Côtes-d'Armor, Finistère, Mayenne, Sarthe, Maine-et-Loire, Loire-Atlantique, Vendée, Paris
Le Courrier de l'Ouest 359,000 SIPA - Ouest-France Maine-et-Loire, Deux-Sèvres
Le Maine libre 193,000 SIPA - Ouest-France Sarthe
La Presse de la Manche SIPA - Ouest-France Manche
Presse-Océan SIPA - Ouest-France Loire-Atlantique
Sud Ouest 1,083,000 Sud Ouest Charente, Charente-Maritime, Dordogne, Gironde, Lot-et-Garonne, Landes, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Gers
Midi libre 630,000 Sud Ouest Hérault, Lozère, Gard, Aude, Pyrénées-Orientales, Aveyron
L'Indépendant 232,000 Sud Ouest Pyrénées-Orientales, Aude
Charente libre 152,000 Sud Ouest Charente
La République des Pyrénées 152,000 Sud Ouest Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Centre Presse Sud Ouest Aveyron
Le Télégramme (de Brest) 649,000 Télégramme Finistère, Côtes d'Armor, Morbihan
L'Écho du Centre Haute-Vienne, Corrèze, Creuse, Dordogne avec L'Écho Dordogne, Indre avec la Marseillaise du Berry
L'Éveil de la Haute-Loire Haute-Loire
Le Républicain lorrain 485,000 Moselle, Nord de la Meurthe-et-Moselle
La Marseillaise Bouches-du-Rhône, Gard, Var, Vaucluse

Television channels

The list below does not include Cable and Satellite television channels.

Radio stations in France

See also

External links

  • (English) Regular French Press Review - Radio France International
  • (English)Discover FranceBroadcast Media in France - at
  • (English)Discover FrancePrint Media in France - at
  • English translations of articles from French newspapers at nonprofit WorldMeets.US


  1. ^ Book 2011/2012 Presse Payante - Grand Public.  
  2. ^ Note: This figure provided by the editor, not OJD.
  3. ^ a b "ONE 2011".  
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