Almost 40 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 right-wing newspaper Le Figaro was leading in terms of paid daily circulation volume in 2018, followed by Le Monde. 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 2017, more than a third of French people said they regularly spot fake news on the internet, and nearly half of them several times.
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.