English-language Weekly Launches in Southwestern France

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By: E&P Staff

A newspaper aimed at the many English-speaking expatriates and visitors in France has launched with a claim that unlike the country’s few other regional papers printed in English, it is the first entirely produced in France.

Based in Castillones and printed in Agen, in the southwest, where hundreds of thousands of British, American and other transplanted English speakers have homes, The French Week offers 16 pages of French news presented from the viewpoint of those readers, according to an Aug. 12 Agence France Presse report.

The weekly succeeds the monthly French News, which lasted 21 years in the same region before folding in the current recession. The new paper has $100,000 of funding from its four full-time journalists and five other investors.

“We explain to the anglophone in France what is going on around them and we add analysis and comment, but also more fun things about culture, sport, leisure and gardening,” its British editor in chief Miranda Neame told AFP.

Page One of the first issue carried a story on financial scandals that have hit France’s Labor Minister Eric Woerth in recent weeks and an interview with well-known left-wing farmer-turned-activist Jose Bove.

Of the 40,000 copies distributed on July 30, up to 12,000 were sold, according to the newspaper, where spokesman Adam Brown said “subscriptions are coming in nice and fast.”

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