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 7 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. Since 2000 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.



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 AmauryParis, Hauts-de-Seine, Val-de-Marne, Seine-Saint-Denis, Val-d\'Oise, Essonne, Yvelines, Seine-et-Marne, Oise
La Montagne 656,000Centre-FrancePuy-de-Dôme, Cantal, Allier, Haute-Loire, Creuse, Corrèze, Haute-Vienne
La République du Centre 177,000Centre-FranceLoiret, Eure-et-Loir
L'Yonne Républicaine 139,000Centre-FranceYonne
Le Populaire du Centre 139,000Centre-FranceHaute-Vienne, Corrèze, Creuse
L'Écho républicain 132,000Centre-FranceEure-et-Loir,Yvelines
Le Berry républicain 106,000Centre-FranceCher, Indre
Le Journal du Centre 103,000Centre-FranceNièvre
Le Dauphiné libéré 960,000EBRADrôme, Ardèche, Hautes-Alpes, Isère, Savoie, Haute-Savoie, Vaucluse
Le Progrès 837,000EBRALoire, Rhône, Ain, Jura, Haute-Loire, Saône-et-Loire, Côte-d'Or
L'Est républicain 598,000EBRADoubs, Haute-Saône, Territoire-de-Belfort, Vosges, Meuse, Meurthe-et-Moselle
Les Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace 554,000EBRAHaut-Rhin, Bas-Rhin
L'Alsace / le Pays314,000EBRABas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin
Le Journal de Saône-et-Loire 221,000EBRASaône-et-Loire
Le Bien public 174,000EBRACôte-d'Or, Yonne
Vosges-Matin 144,000EBRAVosges
Le Journal de la Haute-Marne 85,000EBRAHaute-Marne
La Provence 635,000Hersant MédiaBouches-du-Rhône, Vaucluse, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
L'Union 440,000Hersant MédiaMarne, Aisne, Ardennes
Nice-Matin 367,000Hersant MédiaAlpes-Maritimes, Var, Haute-Corse, Corse-du-Sud
Paris-Normandie 265,000Hersant MédiaSeine-Maritime, Eure, Yvelines
Var-matin 256,000Hersant MédiaVar
Corse-Matin 171,000Hersant MédiaHaute-Corse, Corse-du-Sud
L'Est-Éclair Hersant MédiaAube
La Dépêche du Midi 771,000la DépêcheLot, Tarn-et-Garonne, Tarn, Gers, Haute-Garonne, Ariège, Aveyron, Aude, Lot-et-Garonne,Hautes-Pyrénées
La Nouvelle République des Pyrénées la DépêcheHautes-Pyrénées
La Nouvelle République du Centre-Ouest 670,000NRCOIndre, Cher, Vienne, Deux-Sèvres, Indre-et-Loire, Loir-et-Cher
La Voix du Nord 1,141,000RosselPas-de-Calais, Nord
Le Courrier picard 301,000RosselSomme, Oise, Aisne
Nord éclair RosselNord
Ouest-France 2,441,000SIPA - Ouest-FranceCalvados, Orne, Manche, Ille-et-Vilaine, Morbihan, Côtes-d'Armor, Finistère, Mayenne, Sarthe, Maine-et-Loire, Loire-Atlantique, Vendée, Paris
Le Courrier de l'Ouest 359,000SIPA - Ouest-FranceMaine-et-Loire, Deux-Sèvres
Le Maine libre 193,000SIPA - Ouest-FranceSarthe
La Presse de la Manche SIPA - Ouest-FranceManche
Presse-Océan SIPA - Ouest-FranceLoire-Atlantique
Sud Ouest 1,083,000Sud OuestCharente, Charente-Maritime, Dordogne, Gironde, Lot-et-Garonne, Landes, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Gers
Midi libre 630,000Sud OuestHérault, Lozère, Gard, Aude, Pyrénées-Orientales, Aveyron
L'Indépendant 232,000Sud OuestPyrénées-Orientales, Aude
Charente libre 152,000Sud OuestCharente
La République des Pyrénées 152,000Sud OuestPyrénées-Atlantiques
Centre Presse Sud OuestAveyron
Le Télégramme (de Brest) 649,000TélégrammeFinistère, 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 485,000Moselle, 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


  1. Book 2011/2012 Presse Payante - Grand Public. OJD France. 2012.
  2. Note: This figure provided by the editor, not OJD.
  3. 1 2 "ONE 2011". AudiPresse. March 22, 2012.
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