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The French are said to be in a bad mood but perhaps it is their press which is miserable

By John Lloyd   January 1997

The French newspaper press is in danger-or so it says. It may really be in danger of having to do something about its current condition. But its first reaction is to ask the government for help.

A flurry of demands has been addressed these past weeks from the grand personages of the press to the president and the prime minister. Yves de Chaisemartin, head of the Hersant group which includes the daily Figaro, wrote last month to Alain Jupp? on behalf of his fellow press bosses, asking if the government still had “the will to preserve a pluralist, independent daily…

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