Enjoying a monopoly situation within a particular area, the regional press is stronger than the national press with 409 titles for a circulation of 2.2 billion copies annually.

Several large groups dominate: thus Robert Hersant’s group controls some 30% of the market (Le DauphinÈ LibÈrÈ, Paris-Normandie, Le ProgrËs de Lyon, Les DerniËres Nouvelles d’Alsace, Nord-Matin, Nord-Eclair, Le Havre-Libre, Midi-Libre, etc.). Hachette-Filipacchi Presse is also a major force (Le ProvenÁal, Le MÈridional, La RÈpublique), alongside smaller groups formed around a flagship title (Ouest-France, Sud-Ouest, La DÈpÍche du Midi, La Voix du Nord).).

Ouest-France, the largest of the regional French dailies (17 editions for a total circulation of over 800,000) is distributed in 12 departments in Brittany, Normandy and the Loire country. With daily sales of some seven million and a readership of over 20 million, the daily regional press comes second as the largest national communications form, after television.



South East – Nice
Nice Matin
La Bien Public
La Depeche du Midi
La Eveil Hebdo
Ouest France
Le Progres
Le Dauphine Libere
Le Republicain Lorraine
Le Republique Pyrenees
Le Telegramme de Brest
La Voix du Nord