You may not have noticed, but some press titles increased their prices on January 1. Among them: Le Monde, Ouest France and L’Équipe… All of these titles have in common the fact of having increased their prices at the start of 2024. Several reasons can explain this increase.

The first, inflation, all before a year rich in political and sporting events, recalls the Capital website. Another major reason for this increase is the surge in paper prices: in January 2023, the price of most major French newspapers had already increased by 10 to 20 cents.

Le Monde, for example, which is the most read national daily according to the ACPM, has sold since the start of the year at 3.60 euros, an increase of 20 cents compared to 2023, while the edition of Saturday remains at 3.40 euros, points Capital. An increase which comes to “compensate for the high cost of our industrial costs”, announced last week on the front page of the newspaper Louis Dreyfus, chairman of the board of Le Monde, and Jérôme Fenoglio, director of Le Monde.

Another cause of the price increase: the coverage of the elections in the United States and the European Union as well as the Paris Olympics also forced the daily to change its prices, the leaders also added in their message. A same trend also observed with Échos (LVMH group) in particular due to the increase in distribution costs, according to an internal source, reports the site. From now on, 3.60 euros are needed to buy a copy of the newspaper.

Fortunately, no change, however, for the weekend edition, nor for Le Parisien, the group’s main value. La Croix (Bayard Presse) is also 20 cents more expensive since Tuesday. For the sports daily L’Équipe, the issue costs 2.40 euros instead of 2.30 euros.

Les Echos are not the only ones to increase their prices…

Unlike Les Echos, the weekend offer is 20 cents more expensive: 3.50 euros with the weekly magazine and 4.80 euros with the magazine and the France Football supplement. A choice made to “defend the production of quality daily information,” Yannick Lemaire, communications director of the L’Équipe group, told AFP.

The regional press is not immune either: Ouest France, the most widely read regional daily, will increase its copy by 5 cents, due to the “economic consequences of inflation”. On their website, the title of the Sipa-Ouest-France group cites the growing costs of home delivery and a necessary increase to “firmly remain attentive to the territories”, Capital also reports.

Thus, 7 of the 10 newspapers owned by the EBRA press group (Crédit Mutuel) are also revising their prices upwards from now on, a reflection of the costs of energy, paper and distribution; the group justifies itself.

L’Est Républicain, Le Progrès, Le Bien Public, Le Dauphiné Libéré, DNA, Alsace and Journal de Saône-et-Loire: all increase their price by 10 cents, or even 20 cents depending on the purchase of a number with or without supplement.