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- Overall, we rate Le Parisien Right-Center biased based on editorial positions and story selection that may be influenced by its ownership. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record.
Bias Rating: RIGHT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Le Parisien is a French daily newspaper that covers international, national, and local news of Paris and its suburbs. It was established in 1944 as Le Parisien libéré (The Liberated Parisian) by Émilien Amaury and Claude Bellanger and was renamed Le Parisien in 1986. The paper was established as an organ of the more conservative wing of the Resistance during the German occupation in World War II. Le Parisien is based in Paris, France.
Funded by / Ownership
Le Parisien is owned by LVMH, a luxury goods conglomerate owned by France’s richest man, Bernard Arnault. LVMH also owns Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, and Fendi, among other brands. LVMH acquired Le Parisien from groupe Amaury in 2015. The newspaper generates revenue through advertising, subscriptions, and newsstand sales.
Analysis / Bias
Le Parisien’s ownership by Bernard Arnault is subject to scrutiny due to Arnault’s close ties with President Emmanuel Macron, as detailed in a Le Monde article. This relationship raises questions about potential owner influence in shaping the newspaper’s coverage, especially on topics related to Macron or Arnault’s interests.
Upon reviewing the article titled “People don’t know the economy well,” Bernard Arnault brushes aside criticism of billionaires,” where Bernard Arnault disregards criticism towards billionaires. Arnault defends himself and his fellow billionaires by stating that those who criticize them often lack a proper understanding of economics. The article focuses solely on Arnault’s views and his company’s contributions, particularly in France, without presenting counterarguments.
This contrasts DW’s coverage of Oxfam’s report, which highlights that the world’s wealthiest men increased their wealth during the pandemic and calls for measures to address this “economic violence.” Arnault’s ownership of Le Parisien likely influences its framing, as it omits the wealth inequality findings presented by Oxfam, a form of owner influence shaping the news narrative.
Another article titled “Emmanuel Macron interviewé par le youtuber HugoDécrypte ce lundi sure ‘l’avenir des jeunes” focuses on announcing an upcoming interview between President Emmanuel Macron and YouTuber Hugo Travers. The article is straightforward and factual, presenting the interview details without editorializing or using biased language. The article cites the YouTube channel broadcasting the interview and quotes from official statements. It is factual, well-sourced, and does not exhibit noticeable bias. Despite Le Parisien being owned by Bernard Arnault, who has close ties with Macron, there is minimal evidence of ownership influence shaping the article’s narrative.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate Le Parisien Right-Center biased based on editorial positions and story selection that may be influenced by its ownership. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record. (M. Huitsing 09/08/2023)
Last Updated on September 8, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check