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Le Parisien

Le Parisien
Type Daily newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) Éditions Philippe Amaury
Founded 1944 (1944)
Political alignment Neutral [1]
Language French
Headquarters Saint-Ouen
Circulation 229,638 (2014)
Sister newspapers L'Équipe
ISSN 1161-5435
Website .fr.leparisienwww

Le Parisien (French pronunciation: ​; French for "The Parisian") is a French daily newspaper covering both international and national news, and local news of Paris and its suburbs. The newspaper is owned by Éditions Philippe Amaury.


  • History and profile 1
  • Circulation 2
  • Footnotes 3
  • External links 4

History and profile

The paper was established as Le Parisien libéré (meaning the Free Parisian in English) by French underground during the German occupation of France in World War II.[3]

The name was changed to the current one in 1986.[2] A national edition exists, called Aujourd'hui en France (meaning "Today in France" in English).


Le Parisien had a circulation near to one million copies in the early 1970s.[4] The paper reached a circulation of 659,200 copies on 24 April 1995 the day after the first round of the presidential election.[2] In the period of 1995-1996 the paper had a circulation of 451,159 copies.[5]

The combined circulation of Le Parisien was 485,000 copies in 2001.[6] The paper had a circulation of 147,143 copies and a combined circulation of 360,505 copies in 2002.[7] It was the second largest regional newspaper in France with a combined circulation of 530,000 copies in 2008,[8] behind Ouest-France, which had a circulation of about 800,000 copies. The circulation of Le Parisien was 229,638 copies in 2014.[9]


  1. ^ "Le Parisien-Aujourd'hui en France est et doit rester un grand quotidien populaire et généraliste de qualité. Il tient à préserver sa ligne éditoriale, faite de neutralité politique et de proximité avec son lectorat" Reuters.
  2. ^ a b c Alexandra Hughes; Keith A Reader (11 March 2002). Encyclopaedia of Contemporary French Culture. Routledge. p. 409.  
  3. ^ a b "Le Parisien (French newspaper)". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Pierre L. Horn (1 January 1991). Handbook of French Popular Culture. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 166.  
  5. ^ Media Policy: Convergence, Concentration & Commerce. SAGE Publications. 24 September 1998. p. 10.  
  6. ^ Adam Smith (15 November 2002). "Europe's Top Newspapers". Campaign. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Media Markets and Newspapers" (PDF). SFN Flash 7 (1). 7 January 2004. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "Circulations". OJD (in French). Retrieved 17 October 2010. 
  9. ^ "Presse Quotidienne Regionale 2014". OJD. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 

External links

  • Official website (French)
  • Regular French Press Review – Radio France International (English)
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