Paris Match

For the Japanese musical group, see Paris Match (band).
Paris Match
Editor-in-chief Olivier Royant
Categories Newsmagazine
Frequency Weekly
Publisher Hachette Filipacchi Médias
Total circulation
Year founded 1949
First issue 25 March 1949 (1949-03-25)
Country France
Based in Paris
Language French
Website Paris Match
ISSN 0397-1635

Paris Match (French pronunciation: [pa.ʁimatʃ]) is a French-language weekly news magazine. It covers major national and international news along with celebrity lifestyle features.

History and profile

The magazine was started as a news magazine with the name Match in 1938 by the industrialist Jean Prouvost[1] and closed in June 1940. It was relaunched in 1949 with a new name, Paris Match.[2] The magazine temporarily ceased its publication between 18 May and 15 June 1968 upon the call for a strike by the Syndicat du Livre, the French Printers’ Union.[1]

In 1976 Daniel Filipacchi purchased the ailing Paris Match, and turned it into one of France's most successful and influential magazines. It is published weekly and is now part of Hachette Filipacchi Médias,[3] which is itself owned by the Lagardère Group.[4]

On occasion, Paris Match has sold more than one million copies worldwide when covering major events such as the first flight by a French astronaut aboard the U.S. Space Shuttle in June 1985. Benoît Clair, a senior writer for Paris Match, was the first journalist allowed to join the shuttle crew members from training until the departure for the launch pad at Cape Canaveral. A series of reports on the training was published in Paris Match on 22 April 1985, 17 June 1985 and 20 January 1986.[5]

As of 1996 the magazine had an independent political stance.[6]


Paris Match had a circulation of 1,800,000 copies in 1958.[7] The 1988 circulation of the magazine was 873,000 copies, making it the best-selling news weekly in the country.[6] In 2001 the weekly was the tenth largest news magazine worldwide with a circulation of 630,000 copies.[3]

Paris Match had a circulation of 656,000 copies during the 2007–2008 period.[8] In 2009 the magazine was the best selling photonews magazine in France with a circulation of 611,000 copies.[9][10] Its circulation was 578,282 copies in 2014.[11]

In Hergé's Tintin adventure The Castafiore Emerald (1963), reporters from the imaginary "Paris-Flash" magazine (a clear spoof on Paris Match, with a similar logo) play a major role in the plot's development. The magazine is satirized as sensationalist and inaccurate.


  1. 1 2 Audrey Leblanc (November 2010). "The Color of May 1968". Etudes Photographiques. 26. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  2. "Historical development of the media in France" (PDF). McGraw-Hill Education. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  3. 1 2 "Top 50 Finance/Business/News magazines worldwide (by circulation)" (Report). Magazine Organization. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  4. Madjar, Robert (1997). Daniel Filipacchi. Editions Michel Lafon
  5. Baudry, Patrick (1985). "Aujourd'hui le soleil se lève 16 fois" avec Benoit Clair. Editions Michel Lafon.
  6. 1 2 Peter Humphreys (15 May 1996). Mass Media and Media Policy in Western Europe. Manchester University Press. p. 88. ISBN 978-0-7190-3197-7. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  7. Serge Berstein; Jean-Pierre Rioux (13 March 2000). The Pompidou Years, 1969-1974. Cambridge University Press. p. 200. ISBN 978-0-521-58061-8. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  8. Anne Austin et. al. (2008). "Western Europe Market & Media Fact" (PDF). ZenithOptimedia. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  9. Raymond Kuhn (1 March 2011). The Media In Contemporary France. McGraw-Hill Education (UK). p. 9. ISBN 978-0-335-23622-0. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  10. "World Magazine Trends 2010/2011" (PDF). FIPP. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  11. "Presse Magazine". OJD. Archived from the original on 19 March 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
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