Le Figaro

Le Figaro is a liberal and socially conservative French daily newspaper. The issued in Paris on regional sheet is next to Le Monde as the most important opinion-forming newspapers in France.

The paid circulation remained fairly constant in recent years and amounted to 2007 339.236 2010 330.237 and copies.

Since June 2004, Le Figaro is owned by the operator and UMP politician Serge Dassault, the 70 French-speaking music has currently under its control. The possession by Dassault, the spent among others, a referral for editors not to publish information that could be detrimental to his business interests, caused controversy in France and partly in the editorial itself Largest competitor for Dassault is the Groupe Lagardère, the as well as the Dassault group is active in addition to the media industry as armaments and aircraft company.

Le Figaro is a founding member of the European Dailies Alliance ( EDA), is working together and cooperating in the present with the daily newspapers The World, Daily Telegraph and ABC ( Spain) at the international reporting.


The Le Figaro was originally founded as a satirical newspaper on January 15, 1826 and named in reference to the news barber switching from the pieces The Barber of Seville and La Folle Journée ou le Mariage de Figaro by Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais. On the title page there is the fact occurring motto " Sans la liberté de Blamer il n'est point d' éloge flatteur " to German " Without the freedom to criticize, there is no flattering praise ". Initially, the newspaper was published irregularly, circulation increased, however. Since 1866, the newspaper published daily, making it the oldest still published daily newspaper in France. Early editors were, among others, Albert Wolff, Émile Zola and Jules Claretie. Published by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti in Le Figaro on February 20, 1909 Futurist Manifesto founded the Futurist movement. Following the publication of an article on 19 September 2006, in which, among other things, the prohibition of String Thong was seen at a beach festival as evidence of an alleged Islamization of France, the sheet came into view of Islamists, who then sent threats. In Tunisia, the edition was banned for a day.