Newspaper industry in France - Statistics and facts

The multiplication of sources and reading platforms has made access to information easier than ever. While the written press was the preferred medium for keeping up with the latest news, the democratization of the digital press and social networks has allowed the industry to experience an inconsequential shift.

About 30 percent of the French claim to regularly read a national or regional daily newspaper or general news magazine, whether in paper or digital format, whereas only 16 percent read a printed newspaper every day and 19 several times a week. As French people tend to read less and less newspapers, that loss of interest is reflected in the national daily press turnover, which has been steadily decreasing, as well as the newspaper advertising expenditure.

Established newspapers still manage to play their cards right in the face of strong competition and prosper in opposition to the printed newspaper industry. The newspaper Le Monde was leading in terms of paid daily circulation volume in 2020, followed by Le Figaro. La Manche topped the list of the most popular regional weekly newspapers and TV Magazine the magazine ranking that same year.

The shift to digital, however, is not always a smooth one. Indeed, the easy publication of various information is a fertile breeding ground for the dissemination of erroneous or misleading data. This is all the more true on social media, where many unverified sources are liked and shared en masse. In 2020, more than half of French people said they had already been fooled by fake news on the internet.

This phenomenon is all the more damaging at a time when French people's confidence in traditional media is declining. While the press is outstripped by television and the internet as a source of information, less than half of the French say that the news press is a reliable and trustworthy source of information.

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Average monthly print run

  • Le Monde
    185511
  • Le Figaro
    218368
  • L'Équipe
    186572
  • Libération
    67178
  • Aujourd'hui en France
    152620
  • La Croix
    101078

Average monthly number of publications issued

  • Le Monde
    25
  • Le Figaro
    25
  • L'Équipe
    26
  • Aujourd'hui en France
    26

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