Co-directors of French weekly Le Nouvel Observateur resign

The two co-directors of French weekly Le Nouvel Observateur, Nathalin Collin and Laurent Joffrin, have both resigned today. The news comes just a couple of months after the leading shareholders of Le Monde took it over. Joffrin will remain head of the company until new directors are appointed.

by WAN-IFRA Staff | March 12, 2014

The two directors also worked together as co-directors at Libération from 2009 to 2011. Before working for Libération Collin had been head of EMI-France. Joffrin, who has spent his career working either at Le Nouvel Observateur or at Libération, is to stay on at the former as a writer of editorials.

The news did not come as too much of a surprise. When the previous majority shareholder and co-founder of Le Nouvel ObservateurClaude Perdriel, sold a large stake to the current majority shareholders, he made a historic comparison to explain the radical change to his employees, Libération reported.

“I often take as a comparison the manufacturers of horse-drawn carriages confronted by the arrival of the automobile: he who put in a motor was saved. So I am putting in a motor,” Perdriel said.

It comes in a turbulent week as Libération’s future remains uncertain, while another French weekly has just been founded.

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