From Paris, the resistance of the publishing world is organized to counter the proposed merger of Editis (Vivendi) and Hachette Livre (Lagardère).
Publishers, distributors, booksellers and wholesalers show their first cards, through collective forums in the media, secret meetings and confidential exchanges with Brussels.
“The way Vincent Bolloré tries to explain that we must create a European champion to face the Gafam is absurd,
insists Antoine Gallimard
The stake is not there for the edition.
It is more civilizational, with the idea that part of the readership turns away from books to favor entertainment on the screens.
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The CEO of the Madrigall group (Gallimard, Flammarion, Les Éditions de Minuit) appears as the leader of the opponents of the merger, alongside Vincent Montagne, president of Media Participations (Le Seuil, Dargaud) and the National Publishers Syndicate (SNE), which represents 720 publishing houses.
“I feel responsible for the non-distortion…
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