Even before being formalized, this appointment caused an outcry in the editorial staff of the newspaper, and well beyond. The Lagardère group formalized Friday the arrival of Geoffroy Lejeune, 34, as editorial director of the “JDD”, in the midst of a strike by its teams, opposed to the arrival of the far-right journalist freshly landed from the weekly. “Current Values”.
Geoffroy Lejeune succeeds Jérôme Béglé, himself appointed managing director of the editorial staff of “Paris Match”, another title of the Lagardère group , whose absorption by Vivendi, Vincent Bolloré’s group, has just been authorized by Brussels. “Geoffroy is a raw talent in French journalism that we could not p up,” said Arnaud Lagardère, CEO of the eponymous group, quoted in the press release.
According to the group, Geoffroy Lejeune, support for Eric Zemmour in the 2022 presidential election and close to Marion Maréchal, “will have the mission of embodying journalistic excellence, namely: the facts, the investigation, the duty to ‘inform “. The former editorial director of “Values Actuelles” was recently fired following an “incident” with Jean-Louis Valentin, the new president of Valmonde, publisher of the title, amid disagreements about the line very right-wing editorial of the newspaper.
No Sunday newspaper
The appointment of Geoffroy Lejeune, whose hypothesis was revealed by “Le Monde” on Thursday, was made official to the press by press release without the journalists of the “JDD” being notified internally, according to one of between them, interviewed by AFP. Two hours before the publication of the press release, almost all (99%) of the editorial staff of the “JDD” had voted to renew a strike started on Thursday against this appointment, preventing the newspaper from appearing on Sunday. For its part, the site remains “frozen”.
“Despite the holding of a meeting” Friday morning “in the presence of the editorial staff and the group, the information of the” World “has been neither confirmed nor denied”, had deplored the Society of Journalists of the “JDD”.
On June 9, after more than six months of in-depth investigation, the European Commission given the green light to the proposed acquisition of Lagardère by Vivendi (Hachette, Europe 1, “Paris Match”, “JDD”, etc.) while imposing corrective measures on the group controlled by the Bolloré family: the sale of the publishing activities of Editis and that of the people magazine “Gala” . For Editis, a takeover agreement was recently reached with a subsidiary of the CMI group, owned by Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky.