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La Presse (French newspaper)


La Presse (French newspaper)

La Presse
Type Penny press newspaper
Founder(s) Émile de Girardin
Founded June 16, 1884 (1884-June-16)
Language French
Headquarters France

La Presse was the first penny press newspaper in France.[1]


La Presse was founded on 16 June 1836 by Émile de Girardin as a popular conservative enterprise. While contemporary newspapers depended heavily on subscription and tight party affiliation, La Presse was sold by street vendors. Girardin wanted the paper to support the government, without being so tied to specific cabinets that it would limit the newspaper's readership. The initial subscription to La Presse was only 40 francs a year while other newspapers charged around 80 francs.

La Presse and Le Siècle are considered the first titles of the industrialized press era in France.


  1. ^ Peter Brooks, Reading for the Plot: Design and Intention in Narrative, Harvard University Press, 1992, page 146

External links

  • La Presse digital archives from 1836 to 1935 in Gallica, the digital library of the BnF

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