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 www.leparisien.fr
Head office of Le Parisien

Le Parisien (French pronunciation: [lə.pa.ʁi.zjɛ̃]; 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

The paper was established as Le Parisien libéré (meaning the Free Parisian in English) by Émilien Amaury in 1944,[2][3] and was published for the first time on 22 August 1944. The paper was originally launched as the organ of the 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. 1 2 3 Alexandra Hughes; Keith A Reader (11 March 2002). Encyclopaedia of Contemporary French Culture. Routledge. p. 409. ISBN 978-1-134-78866-8. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  3. 1 2 "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. ISBN 978-0-313-26121-3. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  5. Media Policy: Convergence, Concentration & Commerce. SAGE Publications. 24 September 1998. p. 10. ISBN 978-1-4462-6524-6. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  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.
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