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'Le Huffington Post' to launch in France

AFP · 10 Oct 2011, 16:02

Published: 10 Oct 2011 16:02 GMT+02:00

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The Huffington Post said on Monday it will launch a French edition in partnership with newspaper Le Monde, as the influential news and opinion website continues its push to expand outside North America.

The new site, the web publishing giant's first non-English language venture, will merge with a Le Monde-run website, Le Post, and launch in the second half of November at www.lehuffingtonpost.fr, the companies said.

"It will be entirely run by French journalists. It will be rooted in the French culture," site founder Arianna Huffington told AFP.

"France has a very thriving social media culture, with some absolutely amazing bloggers, and also a great journalistic culture. So from the beginning we saw The Huffington Post as bringing together the best of traditional journalism with the best of new technologies and new media."

The move comes after The Huffington Post launched a British edition in July as it seeks to push into international markets following its acquisition in February by Internet company AOL for $315 million (€232 million).

The Huffington Post's blog-led model, offering a lively mix of news, entertainment and opinion submitted by academics, entertainment figures and politicians, has proved immensely popular.

Traffic to the site hit 35.6 million unique visitors in June -- the first time The Huffington Post surpassed the website of The New York Times in terms of traffic.

In a statement, the companies said the Huffington Post Media Group, Le Monde and Paris-based Les Nouvelles Editions Independantes, which publishes cultural magazine Les Inrockuptibles, would be partners in the project.

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Financial details were not disclosed.

Huffington said the site was also looking to launch in other European markets, including Italy, Spain and Turkey.

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2011-10-12 19:38:04 by bbabbaloo
While it's fair to characterize the site as "left-leaning", it has not hesitated at times to be extremely critical of American Liberals, including Obama, Clinton, Olbermann, Edwards etc. It has also run pieces praising Conservatives, when warranted. Take a look for yourself and don't dismiss it as a rag for "left wing kooks" without giving it a chance. It has become so popular, in my opinion, not so much because of its politics, but rather because of the wide array of articles it offers about subjects as diverse as Sports, Entertainment, and yes, Politics. Eric, have you actually spent time browsing the site, or are you just regurgitating right wing vitriol? BTW, thelocal, the picture you've shown of AH was taken in 2003 when she ran for governor of California. It would not have been that difficult to find something more recent, particularly given that she is constantly being photographed.
2011-10-10 23:55:25 by Eric
To be more accurate the Huffington Post is a left wing site. Left wing kooks spewing their distain for anything traditional or conservative.
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