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International news and foreign correspondence in the French press (late 19th century to 1939)

Le Temps des médias n°20, Printemps - été 2013, p. 139-151.

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News-reportage emerged as a journalistic genre in France in the years preceeding the press freedom law of 1881. How did it it affect coverage of international issues as debated in politics and public opinion in the period leading to the second world war ? The genre featured large in leading low priced popular dailies. It brought the discussion of international affairs to the attention of mass opinion ; colonial conquests and abov all the Franco-Russian alliance loomed large. After the first world war, it helped place the issues of French relations with the USSR and communism centre-stage in controversies in France. As dictatorial regimes developed across Europe, coverage of internationl news resonated throughout French politics, as exemplified by the Popular Front and the Spanish civil war.

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