Laurence Ferrari appointed head of Paris Match’s political department

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Paris (AFP) – Laurence Ferrari will become the new political editor-in-chief of Paris Match on Monday, the Lagardère group, owner of the weekly, announced on Tuesday, part of whose editorial staff has been shaken since the sudden departure in August of Bruno Jeudy.

The rumor had been swirling for a week: the journalist and star presenter of CNews Laurence Ferrari will lead the political department of Paris Match, replacing Bruno Jeudy in this position, who had left his post in mid-August amid disagreement with the management of the magazine.

His departure came a month after the controversy that shook the weekly about a front page dedicated to Cardinal Robert Sarah, one of the leading figures of conservative Catholic currents.

« Laurence Ferrari is also continuing her program + Punchline + broadcast from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on CNews, and from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Europe 1 », is it specified in a press release co-signed by Constance Benqué, president of Lagardère News, Patrick Mahé, director general editor of Paris Match and Caroline Mangez, editorial director.

The arrival of Laurence Ferrari in the editorial staff of Paris Match is a sign for some internally of the stranglehold of the billionaire Vincent Bolloré, who has gradually taken control of Lagardère (Paris Match, JDD, Europe 1) via Vivendi (Canal + , CNews).

A general meeting is scheduled for Tuesday after an editorial conference with management.

The announcement of a merger between the editorial staff of Europe 1 and CNews in the spring of 2021 had triggered a historic strike movement within the radio, ending in a haemorrhage of departures.

A former pillar of information on TF1, the journalist is now a loyal supporter of the Canal+ group, which she rejoined in 2012 after having presented and produced the program Dimanche+ there between 2006 and 2008.

In 2013, she joined iTELE, the group’s news channel, which became CNews in early 2017. She is one of the rare journalists not to have left the channel, emptied of most of its journalists at the end of the showdown started by the editorial staff with its new main shareholder, Vincent Bolloré.

At the time, the journalists of the news channel had launched a vast strike movement in order to obtain better working conditions and guarantees of their editorial independence. The journalist had for her part refrained from striking in the name of respect for the right to information.

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