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Cultivating innovation


Each year, the Innovation Awards reward the best innovative projects developed within Lagardère’s four divisions and head office. In 2013, of the 21 projects submitted by 14 Group entities in 12 countries, three received awards. These projects reflect the creativity and strength of execution of the Lagardère group’s business lines.

Media center1

Sportfive Germany, a subsidiary of Lagardère Unlimited, developed the first multi-channel platform for the creation and management of digital sports content for rights holders. The system has already been adopted by five German football clubs.

Environmental book labelling2

Hachette Livre, Lagardère Publishing’s publishing brand, has launched a unique environmental labelling system for its books in France, which tells readers the carbon footprint of the production of each book and allows publishing houses to provide information about their sustainable development commitments.

Gulli second screen2

Lagardère Thématiques, a subsidiary of Lagardère Active, has launched a second screen system that allows for synchronisation of TV ads and programmes broadcast on Gulli using a mobile or tablet computer, thereby unlocking additional content for the viewer or enhancing the features of the mobile app.

(1) Grand Jury Award.
(2) Top Award.


Digital economy partnership

In 2013, Lagardère invested €11 million in a venture capital fund specialising in digital technology managed by Idinvest Partners.

Coordinated by Lagardère Innovation, this partnership ensures that Lagardère has the capacity to oversee and anticipate the most innovative technologies, uses and business models, allowing it to form agreements with start-ups and explore new opportunities in its existing business lines, as well as in associated or complementary sectors.
Furthermore, with this partnership, Idinvest Partners provides its experience as an investor in the digital industry and in return benefits from the expertise of the Group’s four divisions in identifying and reviewing potential targets.


Artificial heart: supported by Jean-Luc Lagardère


Following a meeting with Professor Alain Carpentier in the early 1990s, Jean-Luc Lagardère, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Matra at the time, has supported early work on an artificial heart for more than ten years, providing a team of engineers equipped with the most advanced technologies and significant funds.
In December 2013, Carmat – an amalgamation of Carpentier and Matra – announced the first fully artificial heart implant in a patient at the Hôpital Européen Georges-Pompidou in Paris.

Press releases


Asterix and the Missing Scroll: the new Asterix album to be released on October 22, 2015


Press release relating to regulated information
Availability of the preparatory documents for the annual ordinary and extraordinary General Meeting of 5 May 2015

Arnaud Lagardère Editorial

"The Lagardère group delivered excellent performances in 2013 despite a difficult global economy, with exceptional net income and an increase in recurring EBIT from Media activities above our guidance..."
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The group's activities

Lagardère, a world-class diversified media group led by Arnaud Lagardère, operates in around 30 countries and is structured around four distinct, complementary divisions.

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Sustainable Development

Sustainable development is a shared responsibility within the Lagardère group.