Le Point

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Le Point
CategoriesNews magazine
Circulation417,062 (2013)
PublisherLe Point Communication
Year founded1972
First issue1 September 1972; 46 years ago (1972-09-01)
CompanyGroupe Artémis
Based inParis

Le Point (French pronunciation: ​[ləˈpwɛ̃]) is a French weekly political and news magazine published in Paris, France.

History and profile[edit]

Le Point was founded in September 1972[1][2][3] by a group of journalists who had, one year earlier, left the editorial team of L'Express,[4][5] which was then owned by Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber, a député (member of parliament) of the Parti Radical, a centrist party.

The company operating Le Point, Société d'exploitation de l'hebdomadaire Le Point (SEBDO Le Point) has its head office in the 14th arrondissement of Paris;[6][7] the founders emphasize on readers' need and it became the aim of Le Point[4] which is published weekly on Thursdays by Le Point Communication.[8][9]

After a fairly difficult start in September 1972, the magazine quickly challenged L'Express; the editorial team of spring 1972 found financial backing with group Hachette and was then directed by Claude Imbert. Other journalists making up the team were: Jacques Duquesne, Henri Trinchet, Pierre Billard, Robert Franc, Georges Suffert; the management included Olivier Chevrillon, Pdg and Philippe Ramond. It has changed ownership several times. Gaumont cinema group bought the magazine in 1981.[10] In 1997 the magazine was acquired by its current owner Artémis, a French investment group founded and owned by the billionaire businessman François Pinault.[10][11] In 2001 the logo and layout of Le Point was changed;[10] the weekly recruited journalists from the Parisian press and relied on its ability to redefine the genre. It modelled itself closely on Time Magazine and Newsweek.

Le Point has a conservative and centre-right stance without any political affiliation,[5][6][11] it publishes a list about the reputation of companies, Baromètre d’Image des Grandes Entreprises.[12]


Le Point had a circulation of 336,000 copies in 1981,[13] it was 311,000 copies in 1987 and 320,000 copies in 1988.[13]

In 2001 Le Point had a circulation of 303,000 copies.[8] During the 2007-2008 period its circulation was 419,000 copies.[14] In 2009 the circulation of the magazine was 435,000 copies,[10] its circulation in 2011 was 428,114 copies.[15] The 2013 circulation of the magazine was 417,062 copies.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Weekly Magazines: Second in a Series on French Media". Wikileaks. 1 December 2006. Retrieved 1 November 2014.
  2. ^ Philip Thody (1 December 2000). Le Franglais: Forbidden English, Forbidden American: Law, Politics and Language in Contemporary France: A Study in. A&C Black. p. 289. ISBN 978-1-4411-7760-5. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  3. ^ Serge Berstein; Jean-Pierre Rioux (13 March 2000). The Pompidou Years, 1969-1974. Cambridge University Press. p. 200. ISBN 978-0-521-58061-8. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  4. ^ a b Lawrence D. Kritzman; Brian J. Reilly (2007). The Columbia History of Twentieth-Century French Thought. Columbia University Press. p. 721. ISBN 978-0-231-10790-7. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  5. ^ a b Alexandra Hughes; Keith A Reader (11 March 2002). Encyclopaedia of Contemporary French Culture. Routledge. p. 432. ISBN 978-1-134-78866-8. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Le Point". VoxEurop. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Mentions légales." Le Point. Retrieved 25 August 2011. "Siège social: 74, avenue du Maine - 75682 Paris Cedex 14"
  8. ^ a b "Top 50 Finance/Business/News magazines worldwide (by circulation)" (PDF). Magazine Organization. Archived from the original (Report) on 13 December 2014. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  9. ^ a b "Media Kit 2014" (PDF). Publicitas. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 January 2015. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  10. ^ a b c d "Le Point". Euro Topics. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  11. ^ a b Michael Mould (27 April 2011). The Routledge Dictionary of Cultural References in Modern French. Taylor & Francis. p. 515. ISBN 978-1-136-82573-6. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  12. ^ Charles J. Fombrun (2007). "List of Lists: A Compilation of International Corporate Reputation Ratings" (PDF). Corporate Reputation Review. 10 (2): 144–153. Retrieved 30 December 2014.
  13. ^ a b Raymond Kuhn (7 April 2006). The Media in France. Routledge. p. 68. ISBN 978-1-134-98053-6. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  14. ^ Anne Austin; et al. (2008). "Western Europe Market & Media Fact" (PDF). ZenithOptimedia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 February 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  15. ^ "Media Pack 2013" (PDF). Adnative. Retrieved 31 December 2014.[permanent dead link]

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