Le Point

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Le Point
Categories News magazine
Frequency Weekly
Circulation 417,062 (2013)
Publisher Le Point Communication
Year founded 1972
First issue 1 September 1972 (1972-09-01)
Company Groupe Artémis
Country France
Based in Paris
Language French
Website www.lepoint.fr
ISSN 0242-6005

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

History and profile

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.

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


  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. 1 2 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. 1 2 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. 1 2 "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. 1 2 "Top 50 Finance/Business/News magazines worldwide (by circulation)" (Report). Magazine Organization. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  9. 1 2 "Media Kit 2014" (PDF). Publicitas. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  10. 1 2 3 4 "Le Point". Euro Topics. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  11. 1 2 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. 1 2 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. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  15. "Media Pack 2013" (PDF). Adnative. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
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