The Press: The Pinch in Paris

The daily press of Paris defies characterization. Like the city itself, it has elements of the best in the brilliant Le Monde; and the worst, in Combat, which has deteriorated since its Camus heyday. The range is from serious to sexy, from Catholic to Communist. As a whole, the Paris press has not been noted for high quality, but it was long one of Europe's most prolific. A quarter-century ago, just after World War II, there were 28 dailies with a total circulation of 6,000,000. Today there are only 14, and despite a population...

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