The Press: French Fusion

As in New York, the number of newspapers in Paris has steadily dwindled over the years. Since 1948, seven daily newspapers have gone out of business. Last week an eighth folded.

Despite the efforts of the government to prevent it, the pro-Gaullist Paris-Presse merged with France's biggest newspaper, France-Soir. In a novel arrangement, one edition a day of France-Soir will be tucked into a jacket of half a dozen pages of Paris-Presse. "We decided to make the most intelligent fusion we could," says Pierre Lazareff, director general of France-Soir, "with each paper keeping its personality."

That is putting the best face on it....

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