Le Monde

Le Monde (French for The World ) is a French daily newspaper with a circulation of 324,000 copies in 2011. The nationally published newspaper is considered adjacent to the Figaro as the most important opinion-forming newspapers in France. The political orientation of the sheet is regarded as left liberal. Le Monde is indirectly connected to the left-wing newspaper Le Monde diplomatique.


After the liberation of France (La Libération ) General Charles de Gaulle wanted a journalistic quality daily newspaper published an international reputation again. The on November 30, 1942 closed by German authorities daily newspaper Le Temps took this rank in the interwar period as the official newspaper of the Quai d' Orsay, the French Foreign Ministry, a. Due to the collaboration with the German occupying forces during World War II, the editors of Le Temps had lost their prestige. He commissioned his former Information Minister Pierre -Henri Teitgen to find a publisher, which had belonged to the Resistance and an unquestionable journalistic expertise exhibited. Teitgen decided as editor for the Gaullists Hubert Beuve - Méry, who had resigned in protest against the editorial approval of the Munich Agreement in 1938 from his job as a foreign correspondent in Prague. The editorial offices of Le Temps in the rue des Italiens was seized and taken over their typography and publication format. The first editorial committee also included the Law Professor René Courtin and de Gaulle's former press officer Christian Funck -Brentano. On 18 December 1944, the first edition of Le Monde published.

By June 2010 Le Monde was one of 53 percent its officers and employees. 47 percent was shared by Danone, the bank BNP Paribas and the billionaire François Pinault. 2004 was the worst year of losses of the newspaper. The publishing group La Vie -Le Monde could halve their deficits in 2005 of around 28 million euros in fiscal 2006. Interest in the newspaper had, among others, the Paris defense, aviation and media group Lagardère.

On 25 June 2010 the Editorial Board granted the bidder group of PS -related entrepreneur Pierre Bergé, the banker Mathieu Pigasse (Vice - President of Lazard Europe ) and the Internet entrepreneur Xavier Niel ( groupe Iliad, DSL provider Free) awarded the contract for the purchase the economically ailing newspaper Le Monde. Bergé and his Companions of the editors guarantee continued her journalistic independence. Bergé secured the editors not only their veto power over the allocation of editorship to, but also called for a foundation with a deposit of ten million euros to life, gradually to acquire equity shares of the editors, to a blocking minority will be achieved by 33 percent.

President Nicolas Sarkozy intervened several times and finally threatened the editors with a vote for Bergé & Co. with an elimination of subsidies for the modernization of Le Monde - printing. Critics spoke of a Berlusconitization of France's media by Sarkozy ( Italy longtime Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is also a media entrepreneur ). The Supervisory Board of Le Monde group agreed with the editors majority for the tender offer the investor group led by Bergé.

Le Monde editor in chief Érik Izraelewicz died on 27 November 2012 at the age of 58 after a bout of weakness. For successor Natalie Nougayrède was elected with effect from March 1, 2013, the works since 1996 for Le Monde.


Since December 20, 2004 Le Monde has a new headquarters on the Boulevard Auguste Blanqui in the 13th arrondissement ( south of Paris ). The glass facade is decorated with a drawing of the Le Monde cartoonist Jean Plantureux (also Plantu ): A peace dove with olive branch in its beak and a quote from the French writer Victor Hugo. The former building of Air France was covered by the architect Christian de Portzamparc, the space distribution and especially the collective work designed his wife Elizabeth de Portzamparc.


  • Hubert Beuve - Méry (1944-1969)
  • Jacques Fauvet (1969-1981)
  • Claude Julien (1981-1982)
  • André Laurens (1982-1985)
  • André Fontaine (1985-1991)
  • Jacques Lesourne (1991-1994)
  • Jean -Marie Colombani (1994-2007)
  • Pierre Jantet (2007-2008)
  • Éric Fottorino (2008-2011)
  • Érik Izraelewicz (2011-2012)
  • Natalie Nougayrède (since 2013)

Supplements and publications

Le Monde published weekly following supplements:

  • Le Monde Radio TV
  • Le Monde Economie
  • Le Monde Argent
  • Les cahiers de la compétitivité, Spécial Entreprises & Développement
  • Le Monde des Livres
  • Le Monde Éducation ( published monthly )
  • Le Monde 2, first monthly, then weekly magazine as a supplement to the weekend edition

In addition, occasionally published Le Monde special numbers. The newspaper is published not only as a print format, but also in several digital versions. Le Monde is on the Internet, available as an application for the mobile phone and for the iPad.