June 10, 2003

French Media Meltdown With Manhattan

French Media Meltdown

With Manhattan abuzz given all the Howell going-ons, few are noticing all the Parisian media intrigue. Over at business paper La Tribune, Bernard Arnault is allegedly acting like some Berlusconi like figure and excercising undue control over the editorial content. The editor of Le Figaro is caught up in some insider trading scandal. And, worst of all, Le Monde's editor-in-chief is accused of "running campaigns and trafficking influence."

A recently published book contends that: "Mr Colombani [editor in chief] and Edwy Plenel, executive editor, have transformed Le Monde from the paramount source of information in France into a sordid instrument of their own lust for power. It has unleashed resentment that has stunned the Parisian journalistic elite. Now on its seventh print, it is the publishing sensation of the year."

Sound oddly familiar New Yorkers? But who is going to pen the book?

Posted by Gregory at June 10, 2003 01:07 PM
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