These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate France Info slightly Left-Center Biased based on story selection that slightly favors liberal causes. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: France 34/180
Founded in 1987, France Info is a French news radio and 24hr TV news broadcaster with a website that was launched in 2011. It is owned by Radio France, which also operates other national radio stations as well as many local ones under the umbrella of Radio France. France Info later integrated its news with TV news channel France TV Info (2016). Radio and TV broadcasting in France are considered public services with the French State having direct control over public broadcasting.
France Info covers political news, live debates, culture, lifestyle, and political analysis programs as well as creating videos which mainly targets a younger audience. The site has the following sections politique, faits divers, société, éco/conso, monde, culture, sports, santé, sciences, tech/web, Environnement, météo, vrai ou fake (true or fake). They are based in Paris, France. Currently, the Chief Executive Officer of Radio France is Jean-Luc Vergne. Here is the complete list of editorial staff.
Funded by / Ownership
Radio France and France Television own France Info. Radio France and France Television are both funded by The State and they also generate revenue from TV license fees and commercial advertising.
According to a Bloomberg article titled “France Considers Relaxing Its Archaic Broadcasting Rules”, Macron’s Government is planning 190 million euros in spending cuts by 2022 from its public radio and TV broadcasting.
Analysis / Bias
In 2020, Reporters Without Borders ranked France 34th out of 180 countries in the world stating “Attacks and harassment targeting news media and journalists increased dangerously in 2018.”
Currently, Emmanuel Macron is the President of France, he is also the leader and founder of the centrist and liberal La République En Marche party (REM).
In review, Radio Info publishes articles with minimally loaded emotional language such as “Macron “Strike of December 5: Emmanuel Macron remains determined”. When covering world news, pertaining to the USA, they cover the Trump Administration with a critical tone such as in this: “The election of Donald Trump worries businesses in the region that export to the United States.” France Info typically utilizes credible sources such as the Miami Herald, CBS News, France 24, and UN.org.
The website also features a section called True or Fake that performs well sourced fact checks. Although not a signatory of the IFCN, their fact checks are credible. Finally, the website does not publish op-eds, though a broad review of story selection indicates a slight leftward bias.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate France Info slightly Left-Center Biased based on story selection that slightly favors liberal causes. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (M. Huitsing 12/13/2019) Updated (5/31/2020)