Troubled French Daily Says Au Revoir to Editor

01 December 2004

The storm surrounding iconic French newspaper Le Monde show no signs of subsiding following the sudden resignation of executive editor Edwy Plenel who quit the helm of the Paris-based daily after nearly ten years.

He plans to go back to his hack roots, while financial chaos, plummeting ad revenues and staff lay-offs make headline news on rivals' front-pages.

In a bid to steady nerves at the country's biggest selling national newspaper, company chairman Jean-Marie Colombani says: "I would like to tell you again that despite the current difficulties, I am convinced that we can and of course must come out of this crisis stronger."

Plenel's deputy, Alain Frachon, is expected to step in to oversee the centre-left paper's scheduled relaunch [WAMN: 11-Nov-2004].

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