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A powerful political platform: Françoise Giroud and L'Express in a Cold War climate

Long, Imogen


Imogen Long


Founded in 1953 by Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber and Françoise Giroud, L’Express was a politically committed outlet predominantly led by Giroud’s strong editorial direction until its rebranding in 1964 along the lines of Time magazine. Its goals were clear: to encourage modernization in French cultural and economic life, to support Pierre Mendès France and to oppose the war in Indochina. This article investigates Giroud’s vision of the press, her politics and her journalistic dialogue with other significant actors at a complex and pivotal juncture in French Cold War history. Giroud opened up the columns of L’Express to a diverse range of leading writers and intellectuals, even to those in disagreement with the publication, as the case study of Jean-Paul Sartre highlighted here shows. In so doing, Giroud’s L’Express constituted a singularly powerful press platform in Cold War France.


Long, I. (2016). A powerful political platform: Françoise Giroud and L'Express in a Cold War climate. French History, 30(2), 241-258.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 4, 2016
Online Publication Date Apr 22, 2016
Publication Date Jun 18, 2016
Deposit Date Apr 13, 2016
Publicly Available Date Apr 26, 2018
Journal French history
Print ISSN 0269-1191
Electronic ISSN 1477-4542
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 2
Pages 241-258
Keywords Express (Paris, France)
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Copyright Statement © 2018 University of Hull
Additional Information This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in French History following peer review. The version of record, Imogen Long; A powerful political platform: Françoise Giroud and L’Express in a Cold War climate, French History, Volume 30, Issue 2, 1 June 2016, Pages 241–258, is available online at:


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