Newspapers: Down & Out in Paris

Up until World War II, the newspapers of Paris showed little interest in whether their stories were dug up or made up. These days, most of the papers honestly attempt to serve up fact instead of fantasy, and they are much better for the effort. But the irony of the situation is that despite their new sense of responsibility, the Paris papers are in serious trouble.

In the past year, only four of the 14 general Paris dailies have increased their circulations significantly, while most of the others lost thousands of readers. With...

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