Glossary 2: French Media

The following glossary of major French media outlets will be added to as and when references appear in the articles...

 

AFP (Agence France-Presse: “French Press Agency”): The main French news agency. It is the oldest international news agency in the world.

 

Arte: joint French-German TV channel with EU financial support. Mainly broadcasts art-house films and documentaries. Offers digital viewers the ability to switch between French, German and (sometimes) English.

 

BVA: polling and market research company that publishes influential information about voting intentions in the run-up to elections.

 

Canal+ (“canal plus”): premium pay terrestrial TV channel. Programming focused on recent mainstream films and high-profile sport.

 

Charlie Hebdo: irreverent weekly news satire magazine, (in)famous for publishing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. 8 cartoonists and editors of Charlie Hebdo, including the Editor in Chief 'Charb', were amongst 11 victims of the shooting that took place at the paper's headquarters on January 7 2015.

 

Courrier international: weekly newspaper in which all the articles are collected from news media outlets outside France. The vast majority of the content is translated from other languages into French. In a sense, this project is a mirror (on a much smaller scale) of what Courrier international does in the opposite direction.

 

CSA: polling agency similar to BVA (above). Not to be confused with the Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel, the French broadcasting standards watchdog.

 

France 2/France 3: major public terrestrial TV channels. (Analogous to BBC1 and BBC2 in Britain).

 

France Inter: major public talk radio station.

 

France Info: public news radio station in the same group as France Inter and France Culture.

 

Ifop: (Institut français d'opinion publique) polling and public opinion institute.

 

L’Express: weekly news magazine with a history of emphasising its political neutrality.

 

La Croix: Catholic daily newspaper.

 

La Voix du Nord: a group of local daily newspapers in the North of France with a broad readership. It was recently involved in uncovering the "Carlton Affair" in which notable local and national figures, including Dominique Strauss-Khan (DSK), are alleged to have been involved in a prostitution ring centred on the Carlton Hotel in Lille.

 

Le Canard enchaîné: weekly broadsheet* combining satirical comedy and investigative political journalism. (Analgous to Private Eye in Britain).
   * canard means both “duck” and “broadsheet”.

 

La Dépêche du Midi: local newspaper in the South of France, with its HQ in Toulouse. It has a radical left-wing editorial line and links to the PRG.

 

Le Figaro: major national daily newspaper with a centre-right editorial line. The oldest daily newspaper in France.

 

Le HuffPost: standard abbreviation used to denote the French franchise of the American online news agency, The Huffington Post. The French site was launched on 23rd January 2012 and is associated with the Le Monde group.

 

Le JDD: online version of the weekly newspaper Le Journal du dimanche, which is France's only national Sunday newspaper. It is part of the Lagardère group and therefore has close ties to the magazine Paris Match and the radio station Europe 1. It has a centre-right editorial line.

 

Le Monde: major national daily newspaper with centre-left leanings. Recently struck a deal with the Huffington Post to collaborate on a French version of the American news website.

 

Le Nouvel Observateur: weekly news magazine with a centre-left editorial line.

 

Le Parisien: popular daily newspaper with a centre-right editorial line. It focuses principally on the capital but sells better than most of the “national” newspapers. A popular counterpart to Le Figaro.

 

Le Point: weekly news magazine with a centre-right editorial line.

 

Libération: major left-wing national daily newspaper founded by Jean-Paul Sartre and Serge July in 1973.

 

M6: private terrestrial TV channel, linked to TF1. Mainly broadcasts films, light entertainment and sport.

 

Médiapart: advertising-free news website commited to investigative journalism, created in 2008 by Edwy Planel, former editor of Le Monde.

 

Minute: a far-right weekly news magazine closely associated with the old guard of the FN. It supported Bruno Gollnisch to take over the party after Jean-Marie Le Pen stepped down and remains unconvinced about Marine Le Pen’s modernising agenda. Its latest attack on the “gay cabal” surrounding the party leader is part of a broader history of tension between the magazine and the party leadership, one which recently saw Minute journalists excluded from a party AGM.

 

Paris-Match: weekly magazine with right-wing leanings, focusing on personality-based news and celebrity lifestyle features.

 

Rue 89: news website with left-wing leanings founded in 2007 by disaffected staff of Libération, including the editor-in-chief Pierre Haski.

 

TF1: major private terrestrial TV channel. (Analgous to ITV in Britain).

 

TNS Sofres: polling and market research company

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