Le Figaro Magazine

Le Figaro Magazine is a French language weekly news magazine published in Paris, France. The magazine is the weekly supplement of the daily newspaper Le Figaro.

Le Figaro Magazine
CategoriesNews magazine
Circulation408,361 (2014)
PublisherSociété du Figaro S.A.
Year founded1978
CompanyFigaro Group
Based inParis
WebsiteLe Figaro Magazine

History and profile

The magazine is the first supplement of Le Figaro newspaper.[1] It was established in 1978,[2][3] when Le Figaro Littéraire was renamed as Le Figaro Magazine.[4] Louis Pauwels was functional in its start[5][6] and was appointed its director.[7] His daughter, Marie-Claire Pauwels, worked as fashion director of the magazine from 1980 to 2006.[8]

The magazine is part of the Figaro Group.[9][10] The group also owns the daily newspaper Le Figaro and the magazines Le Particulier and Madame Figaro Magazine.[9][11] Le Figaro Magazine is published by Société du Figaro S.A. on a weekly basis and is sold with Le Figaro on Saturdays.[12]

The headquarters of Le Figaro Magazine is in Paris.[12] It provides articles on news about political events and current affairs.[13] The weekly also features articles concerning art, music and literature.[13] The magazine has a right-wing stance as Le Figaro.[14] One of the concepts the magazine opposes is cosmopolitanism, which refers to non-European immigration to France.[15] The weekly supported the New Right movement in France.[15] Some GRECE members, an ethnonationalist think-tank, sit on the editorial team of the magazine.[16][17] Louis Pauwels, who directed and founded the magazine, was a member of GRECE,[5] and Alain de Benoist, founder of the organization, was also one of the regular contributors.[7] This close connection between the magazine and GRECE continued until 1980.[18] Although the magazine remained loyal to its conservative stance, it began to support for neoliberalism.[18]

Alexis Brezet served as the editor-in-chief of the weekly.[19]


By the end of 1979, Le Figaro Magazine had nearly half a million readers.[20] The magazine sold 497,585 copies during the 2003-2004 period.[21] The circulation of the magazine was 448,000 copies during the 2007–2008 period.[22] In 2009, its circulation was 424,385 copies.[23][24] In 2013, the magazine had a circulation of 431,865 copies.[25] Its circulation fell to 408,361 copies in 2014.[26]


  1. ^ "Le Figaro Magazine moves to Méthode". EidosMedia. Paris. 28 February 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  2. ^ Michael Palmer; Jeremy Tunstall (19 October 2006). Media Moguls. Routledge. p. 148. ISBN 978-1-134-93734-9. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  3. ^ Alex Hughes; Keith A Reader (11 March 2002). Encyclopedia of Contemporary French Culture. Routledge. p. 213. ISBN 978-1-134-78866-8. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Société du Figaro S.A. - Company Profile". Reference for Business. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  5. ^ a b Anton Shekhovtsov (2009). "Aleksandr Dugin's Neo-Eurasianism: The New Right à la Russe". Religion Compass. 3 (4). Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  6. ^ Anne Boulay (29 January 1997). "Louis Pauwels: Figaro-ci, dérapages-là. Le fondateur du "Figaro Magazine" est mort hier à 76 ans". Libération (in French). Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  7. ^ a b Thomas Sheehan (24 January 1980). "Paris: Moses and Polytheism". The New York Review of Books. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  8. ^ Natasha Montrose (23 May 2011). "Marie-Claire Pawels, Le Figaro Editor, Dies at 66". Women's Wear Daily. Paris. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Our Vision". The Figaro Group. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  10. ^ Felicia Greiff (25 March 2016). "After Taking On Blockers, Le Figaro Group Partners With AppNexus". MediaPost. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  11. ^ "Figaro Group". Groupe Dassault. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  12. ^ a b "Le Figaro Magazine". Publicitas. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  13. ^ a b "Le Figaro Magazine". LexisNexis. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  14. ^ Fabien Jannic-Cherbonnel (2 February 2014). "French weekly magazines review". Radio France Internationale. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  15. ^ a b Charles Tshimanga; Ch. Didier Gondola; Peter J. Bloom, eds. (30 October 2009). Frenchness and the African Diaspora: Identity and Uprising in Contemporary France. Indiana University Press. p. 261. ISBN 0-253-00390-3. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  16. ^ James Shields (7 May 2007). The Extreme Right in France: From Pétain to Le Pen. Routledge. p. 269. ISBN 978-1-134-86110-1. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  17. ^ Richard F. Kuisel (2012). The French Way: How France Embraced and Rejected American Values and Power. Princeton University Press. p. 74. ISBN 0-691-15181-4. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  18. ^ a b Nathalie Krikorian (1986). "Européanisme, nationalisme, libéralisme dans les éditoriaux de Louis Pauwels (Figaro-Magazine, 1977-1984)". CNRS (in French). 12 (12). Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  19. ^ "Change of leadership at French daily Le Figaro stirs rumours". Expatica. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  20. ^ Tomislav Sunic; Alain de Benoist (2011). Against Democracy and Equality. Arktos. p. 66. ISBN 978-1-907166-25-9. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  21. ^ E. Martin (30 November 2005). Marketing Identities Through Language: English and Global Imagery in French Advertising. Palgrave Macmillan UK. p. 6. ISBN 978-0-230-51190-3. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  22. ^ Anne Austin; et al. (2008). "Western Europe Market & Media Fact" (PDF). ZenithOptimedia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 February 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2015. Explicit use of et al. in: |author= (help)
  23. ^ Raymond Kuhn (1 March 2011). The Media In Contemporary France. McGraw-Hill Education (UK). p. 4. ISBN 978-0-335-23622-0. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  24. ^ "World Magazine Trends 2010/2011" (PDF). FIPP. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  25. ^ "Market Data. France". Media Passport. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  26. ^ "Presse Magazine". OJD. Archived from the original on 19 March 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2015.

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