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The editorial director of the newspaper Valeurs actuelles laid off, before a possible dismissal

2023-06-05T11:40:58.381Z

Highlights: Geoffroy Lejeune, editorial director of the conservative weekly Valeurs actuelles, has been laid off and could be fired. The procedure is motivated by an "incident" involving the 34-year-old editorial director, said the management of Valmonde. This procedure is the latest episode in a long tug-of-war between Goeffroy LeJeune and the magazine's shareholder, French-Lebanese businessman Iskandar Safa. A supporter of far-right candidate Eric Zemmour in the 2022 presidential election, ValeursActuells was sentenced on appeal in November to a suspended fine of 1,000 euros for public insult of a racist nature.


This procedure is the latest episode in a long tug-of-war between Goeffroy Lejeune and the magazine's shareholder, French-Lebanese businessman Iskandar Safa.


Geoffroy Lejeune, editorial director of the conservative weekly Valeurs actuelles, has been laid off and could be fired, AFP learned Monday, June 5 from concordant sources, confirming information from Le Monde.

Geoffroy Lejeune is "dismissed as a precautionary measure" and summoned on June 12 to "a preliminary interview" as part of a procedure that "could go as far as dismissal," told AFP the management of the press group Valmonde, owner of Valeurs actuelles.

An "incident"

In office since 2016, Geoffroy Lejeune did not respond to AFP's requests. This procedure is motivated by an "incident" involving the 34-year-old editorial director, said the management of Valmonde. According to Le Monde, this incident took place on May 29, when Geoffroy Lejeune objected to the new president of Valmonde, Jean-Louis Valentin, attending an editorial meeting.

The specialized media La Lettre A had revealed on May 29 the decision of the owner of Valmonde, the Franco-Lebanese businessman Iskandar Safa, to appoint Jean-Louis Valentin in place of Charles-Antoine Rougier, in office since the autumn. According to La Lettre A, Antoine Rougier did not sufficiently distance the magazine from the far-right editorial line desired by Geoffroy Lejeune, while he was mandated by Iskandar Safa for this task.

'Difficult' relationships

The management of Valmonde did not wish to make "any comment" to AFP on the issues of editorial line. This fall, when Geoffroy Lejeune already seemed threatened, he launched a campaign in support of the magazine on social networks, with the hashtag #JeSuisLàPourVA. "Even if the editorial staff knows that the relations between Geoffroy and the shareholder have been difficult for some time, the dismissal and the summons have surprised," an internal source told AFP.

A supporter of far-right candidate Eric Zemmour in the 2022 presidential election, Valeurs actuelles was sentenced on appeal in November to a suspended fine of 1,000 euros for public insult of a racist nature towards LFI MP Danièle Obono. In question, an article and a drawing published in August 202 under the title "Obono the African", where the elected representative of Paris, born in Gabon, was portrayed as a slave. During the interview of June 12, Geoffroy Lejeune "will be able to explain" on what is accused of him, as part of a "phase of dialogue", said the management of Valmonde.

Source: lefigaro

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