By Alain Hertoghe
Does France have the daily press that it deserves?
An unprecedented financial crisis is hitting the major newspapers, abandoned by their readers, hence by advertisers. Le Monde is firing 90 of its 740 employees (including 35 journalists). The popular Le Parisien is also announcing that it will soon cut staff. Le Figaro and Libération, two direct competitors of Le Monde, will have to do the same, and sooner rather than later. As for France Soir, the once gloried popular daily, and the communist L'Humanité, both are in agony; they have too few journalists left to be able to fire any.