traffic jam in sight in the react press

traffic jam in sight in the react press
traffic jam in sight in the react press

The Lagardère group, owned by Vincent Bolloré, announced the launch in September of “JDNews”, which should rely on the CNews and “JDD” teams. At the helm, one of the great figures of the Bolloré media, Laurence Ferrari.

Vincent Bolloré at the National Assembly during his hearing by the Commission of Inquiry into TNT, March 13, 2024.

Vincent Bolloré at the National Assembly during his hearing by the Commission of Inquiry into TNT, March 13, 2024. Photo Julien Muguet/Hans Lucas

By Richard Sénéjoux

Published on May 29, 2024 at 4:06 p.m.

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Vincent Bolloré continues to weave its ultra-conservative web in the media. The Lagardère group (Europe 1, JDD, Paris Match, Hachette Livre…), which he controls, will launch a new weekly at the start of the school year, in a sector that is nevertheless gloomy. Her name : JDNews. As we can guess, this newspaper should rely largely on the teams of CNews and the JDD, that the Breton billionaire brought into line last summer by appointing far-right journalist Geoffroy Lejeune as head, leading to the departure of almost the entire editorial staff. “This weekly magazine will be aimed at readers who want to hear about proud France, who thirst for freedom of expression and who wish to read articles about the excellence of the French model”declared very seriously this May 29 in Le Figaro Constance Benqué, who has been acting head of the group’s media since the indictment of Arnaud Lagardère for misuse of corporate assets.

We will find at the helm one of the great figures of the Bolloré media: Laurence Ferrari, named « president of the JDD brand “. For the record, the host of CNews and Europe 1 had been appointed editor-in-chief of the political department of Paris Match in place of Bruno Jeudy, who opposed the publication of a cover story on an ultra-reactionary cardinal. With the celebrity weekly about to fall into the fold of LVMH and Bernard Arnault, this is called an exit from the top for the former presenter of 8 p.m. on TF1. It is likely that other well-known faces in the Bollorean sphere, such as Pascal Praud or Sonia Mabrouk, will also contribute to this JDNewsas they already do in the JDD.

The weekly reaction press niche is proving increasingly crowded. Occupied by Current values (directed for seven years by Geoffroy Lejeune), some of the Figaro Magazine, or even sometimes Pointit could soon be enriched with a new title, although it has long been marked on the left: Marianne. The newspaper founded in 1997 by Jean-François Kahn, now owned by Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky (She, Télé 7 Jours…), is in the process of being bought by businessman Pierre-Édouard Stérin. Little known to the general public, the man who made his fortune with Smartbox gift boxes is known to be close to the traditionalist Catholic right. A profile that worries a good part of the magazine’s employees. In a press release posted on X on May 14, they recall the principles laid down in the charter of Marianne, as “an attachment to “secular, patriotic, democratic, humanist, social and liberal, in a word republican, values” as well as “the fight against “nationalist withdrawal” and “the return of clericalism and fundamentalism””. For his part, Pierre-Édouard Stérin, who participated in the financing of the extreme right-wing online media Factual (in cessation of payment since April 22), delivered in low World his idea of ​​freedom of the press: an owner “do what he wants at home”, including in his journals. A design quite close to that of a certain Vincent Bolloré.

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