The Press: The LIFE of Paris

In the complex world of French journalism, ownership of newspapers and magazines is often a closely guarded secret and political pasts something many publishers would rather not discuss. No one is more mysterious about his past or surer of his present than aging (69), aloof Jean Prou-vost, whose LIFE-like picture weekly, Paris-Match (circ. 1,160,000), is one of the biggest magazines on the Continent, and who also holds financial control of the conservative, respected Figaro (circ. 499-200), oldest daily in France. Among French newsmen and politicos. Publisher Prouvost has been called everything from the "obscene corrupter of the press" to "the savior...

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