From “Le Monde” To “Mediapart”: French Newspapers (to Practice Your French Reading)

From “Le Monde” To “Mediapart”: French Newspapers (to Practice Your French Reading)

Salut c’est Géraldine, bienvenue sur Comme
une Française TV, Sound French, even to the French! Reading articles in French and listening to
French broadcasts are a great way to improve your French. And is there a better way to do this than
checking out French newspapers? That’s why today I’m sharing a few of
them with you. I’ll have to leave out many of them, especially
weekly publications, but with this list of major newspaper you should be able to find
something that fits your style and much more. Let’s dive in! Le Monde, Le Monde, which means literally
“the world,” is a French daily newspaper created in 1944. It’s sometimes called le quotidien de référence,
the daily newspaper of record. It tries to be non-partisan. People from the left will say it’s actually
center-right, while people from the right say it’s a leftist newspaper. Le Monde diplomatique, also called Le Diplo,
is a monthly newspaper that’s vaguely affiliated with Le Monde, historically at least, but
it’s now an independent publication. Le Diplo is known for being overtly leftist
and against capitalism. Le Figaro is the oldest French
daily newspaper, it was created in the early 19th Century under King Charles the 10th. Its name comes from the character in the play
Le Mariage de Figaro, The Marriage of Figaro, from which comes the newspaper’s motto:
Sans la liberté de blâmer, il n’est point d’éloge flatteur, or in English, “Without
the freedom to criticize, there’s no flattering praise.” The newspaper has become the most important
mainstream right-leaning outlet in France. Libération, often shortened to Libé, is
a daily newspaper created in the 70s by French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre. It’s the most important mainstream left-leaning
outlet in France, seen as center-left or as advocating social-democracy. The word la libération, liberation, is feminine,
while the newspaper’s name is a masculine proper noun. However, we would very rarely say le Libération,
but instead, simply Libération. Il lit Libération tous les jours ”He reads
Libération every day.” And it’s the same construction for any other
newspaper without an article in its name. La Croix
La Croix, or literally “the cross,” is the only daily newspaper that’s overtly
religious. Sa ligne éditoriale, its editorial slant,
is christian and catholic, but also center-left politically. Which is surprising for some, since in France,
Catholicism is often only heard through its most right-leaning members. Its a very interesting newspaper. L’Humanité, or literally “Mankind,” is often shortened to L’Huma. I couldn’t find one at my local newspaper this morning, so I’m sorry. It’s a daily newspaper founded in 1904 by
Jean Jaurès, a main figure of French socialism. It’s the newspaper of the French communist
party. They’re also well-known by their music festival,
La fête de l’Humanité / La fête de l’Huma, which is held over a weekend in September
every year. L’Équipe
L’Équipe, which means the team, is one of the most successful French daily newspapers. It the newspaper of record for all sporting
events. It was founded in 1946, and the newspaper
created the European Champion’s league, the most prestigious tournament in European
football, while its direct predecessor was at the origin of Le Tour de France, the famous
bicycle race. Télérama
Télérama is a weekly cultural newspaper. It was created in 1947, and provides its readers
with the TV programme for the week… just like many of its competitors, such as Télé
7 Jours for instance. But Télérama is much more than that. It caters mainly to highly educated Parisian
people, stereotypically left-leaning teachers. The newspaper reviews art, music, movies and
theater plays, and publishes many articles of cultural interest… but it has became
famous for being high-brow, and at least a little bit pédant, pedantic. That’s why for some, not being well-reviewed
by Telerama has become a positive marketing argument. I really like telerama. Le Canard Enchaîné
Le Canard Enchaîné, or literally “the Chained Duck” like the one that’s drawn
on its cover, is a weekly independent newspaper. Its name is often shortened to Le Canard,
just “the duck.” Founded in 1915, it’s the oldest publication
of la presse satirique, the press who use mocking satire to criticize the political
stage. Their only income comes from their subscribers:
they don’t have ads and don’t receive any subsidy. Historically, they have made major scoops
since the 60s on media manipulation, financial and political scandals, those that we often
call les affaires, scandals, such as l’affaire Fillon in 2017 for instance. Le Canard Enchaîné is also the only newspaper
to publish a weekly list of les contrepèteries, delicious spoonerisms. Charlie Hebdo is another weekly satirical newspaper. They’re well-known for their drawings and
caricatures… and for having been victims of the terrorist attack of January 2015. Their motto is le journal bête et méchant,
the stupid and nasty newspaper. Charlie Hebdo’s name actually comes from
their irreverence. Its ancestor was named Hara Kiri, founded
in 1960. In 1970, Charles de Gaulle (le Général de
Gaulle) died. He was a highly-respected politician and the
leader of French resistance in World War 2, but by the end of the 60s he was also seen
as the leading conservative figure, fighting against the French youth at the time. Anyway, Hara Kiri made fun of him on its cover
the day after he died, and this lead the government to censor them, and essentially ban the publication. But the writer team didn’t give up, and
they founded Charlie Hebdo shortly after, which still runs to this day. Les gratuits are the free daily newspapers. The most well-known are 20 Minutes, or 20
minutes as that is the the average time it takes to read it, or Direct Matin, and Metro. They don’t do deep investigative articles,
they have plenty of ads, but they give mainstream news to people during their commute on public
transportation. La presse locale are the local newspapers. They’re also called la presse régionale,
since they’re limited to une région, an area or an administrative delimitation. And they sell better than national newspapers! The most well-known daily local newspapers
are Ouest France, in the West, Sud Ouest, in the South West, Le Parisien, in the Parisian
area, La Voix du Nord in the North… and le Dauphiné libéré around Grenoble. They’re worth just as much as the national
press as they publish national news as well, and even international articles too. You can read most newspapers sur Internet, on the Internet, now. Most of the examples I just gave you have
a website where you’ll find their articles, videos and much more. It’s a great way to practice your French! You’ll find links in the video description
on the blog. There’s also a special paid web-based French
newspaper called: Mediapart. Their only income is through paid subscriptions,
and they’re known for their independence and the thoroughness of le journalisme d’investigation,
investigative journalism. This newspaper has a strong leftist slant,
but their revelations have impacted governments from the right and from the left. They also publish long interviews and deep
articles. Just a warning, though: they also host blogs
and more personal opinions on Le Club Mediapart, that might not uphold the same standard of
quality. Finally, you can follow French news on the
web thanks to TV streaming—who host written articles on the web as well. I’d recommend the website of France Info,
the public 24-hour news channel, or the public international channel France 24 for instance. It’s available in several different languages…
but stick to the French version to practice! Reading and listening to French daily is the
best way to improve your language skills! Et toi ? Did you know these newspapers already? Do you read news and articles online in French? Which of these newspapers are you going to
check out first? Tell me in the comments section, I’d love
to hear from you! If you’re on Youtube, you’ll find a link
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26 thoughts on “From “Le Monde” To “Mediapart”: French Newspapers (to Practice Your French Reading)

  1. Ouai, je connaissais ces journaux mais pas ceux de la presse locale sauf "Le Parisien". Je lis le journal en français tous les jours (Le Monde et Libération) en version numérique et je regarde franceinfo avant d'aller au lit. Bonne journée à tous! 🙂

  2. Mes préférés sont Le Monde, Le Figaro et Courrier International! Je passe ta vidéo à mes étudiants! Merci! 🙂

  3. Nice way of learning french! Thanks Géraldine for this video. I kinda give french lessons on my channel too, guys if you wanna check out the videos just click my profile photo

  4. Merci, Geraldine! I have been reading the front page of Le Monde online for about 6 months. I live in the U.S., but enjoy the opportunity to see how world events are reported and prioritized by the press of other nations. I also feel like I am making progress when I actually understand the headlines and introductions to the stories.
    Bonne journée

  5. merçi pour tes efforts, mais pour tu apprend la français à-nous tu dois parle et explique par françai totalement, j'ai allé pour apprendre la français n'est pas l'angles

  6. Thank you for this excellent video! I like Liberation and am interested in L'Humanite. Almost daily I watch the streaming of France3 19/20 from Paris, Languedoc-Rousillion, Centre, and Poitou-Charente. It's very good to learn French and see the local news, because I've been to those places.

  7. I read Le Monde, L'Express, Rt France, Le Figaro, L'opinion, Paris Match, Sciences et Vie, lots of things in French.

  8. Congratulations, great videos. I think "chez" will make a good video, sorry if you have already done it and I missed it.

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