OLD Media Moves

French biz newspaper staff revolts after sale

November 6, 2007

Posted by Chris Roush

The staff of French business newspaper Les Echos has halted production of the newspaper after its parent company, which also owns The Financial Times, agreed to sell it to LVMH.

Les EchosGwladys Fouche of The Guardian wrote, “Today they have decided that Wednesday’s print edition will not be available at newsagents either — the fifth time in less than six months this has happened.

“Journalists are opposed to their title being taken over by LVMH, the French luxury group, over concerns over its editorial independence. Pearson announced last night it had sold the daily in a deal worth €240m (£167m).

“‘We are extremely angry and are still utterly opposed to being bought by Bernard Arnault [LVMH’s chief executive and chairman],’ said Leila de Comarmont, a spokeswoman for Les Echos journalists.

“‘His pseudo-guarantees of editorial independence are just a smokescreen … Arnault wants a forced marriage with us. He has bought the paper for a lot of money but he won’t buy us.'”

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