• Short Summary

    Hundreds of journalists marched through Paris on Thursday (26 August) to protest at the take-over of the mass-circulation evening newspaper, "France-Soir", by the controversial proprietor of "Le Figaro", M.

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    Hundreds of journalists marched through Paris on Thursday (26 August) to protest at the take-over of the mass-circulation evening newspaper, "France-Soir", by the controversial proprietor of "Le Figaro", M. Robert Hersant.

    SYNOPSIS: The demonstration was called to support striking journalists at "France-Soir", who say the take-over threatens press freedom by giving M. Hersant too much control over the national press. It was just over a month ago that "France Soir" was bought by another wealthy man, M. Paul Winkler. Then, just last week, the staff on the newspaper learned that he had sold a controlling share to M. Hersant, the owner of the right-wing "Le Figaro".

    Some of the protestors claim that the deal was backed by the former Prime Minister, Jacques Chirac, who resigned on Wednesday. They say M. Chirac backed the deal to stop the newspaper falling into socialist ownership. The dispute reflects the struggle for power in the French newspaper industry before the 1978 elections.

    On sunday President Giscard d'Estaing offered to mediate in the dispute to try to end the strike which had stopped the newspaper being published.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7X6BQ0I3RWF6Q6PZCAQPQC21V
    Media URN:
    VLVA7X6BQ0I3RWF6Q6PZCAQPQC21V
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/08/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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