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In 2016, the Lagardère group continued with its efforts to support young people and women in the fields of culture, education and solidarity. Via the involvement of the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation and the Elle Foundation in France and abroad, the Group takes action on an everyday basis.


In 2016, the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation renewed its partnership agreement with Villa Medici. This included in particular support of the Paris Viva Villa! festival and allowed three of its grant winners to develop a project during a one-month residency in Rome.

In the field of literature, the Foundation jointly supported the "Marathon des mots" in Toulouse and its Tunisian counterpart, Al Kalimat. The two festivals offered a shared programme of events centred around new African literatures echoing world news.
It also supports the Jules-Rimet Prize, which promotes sporting literature and encourages reading in underprivileged districts. In 2016, the prize was awarded to Daniel Rondeau for his book Boxing-Club (Grasset).

Lastly, the jury for the Arab Literature Prize, chaired by Pierre Leroy (Co-Managing Partner of Lagardère SCA), decided to award Iraqi author Inaam Kachachi for her novel Dispersés (Gallimard).Created by the Institut du Monde Arabe and the Foundation, this prize is intended to promote and popularise the richness of Arab literature in France.

Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation grants: Pierre Leroy surrounded by 2016 award winners

Nils Tavernier on set


This collection of 11 short programmes for France Télévisions, on the initiative of the Elle Foundation, was the key event of 2016. For the first time, nine foundations joined forces to demonstrate their commitment to supporting women around the world, with Nils Tavernier as director and Imagissime, a Lagardère Studios company, producing. Elles ont toutes une histoire (They all have a story) allowed a total of 22 million viewers to learn about exceptional women in all four corners of the world. In 2016, the Elle Foundation also supported 14 new projects in France and abroad.

The group's values

The Group has clear values that determine its personality. Lagardère's creativity, boldness and independence have helped to create a modern, innovative media group that's in touch with its times.

The group's activities

The Lagardère group is a global leader in content publishing, production, broadcasting and distribution, whose powerful brands leverage its virtual and physical networks to attract and enjoy qualified audiences.

The Group’s business model relies on creating a lasting and exclusive relationship between the content it offers and its customers.

It is structured around four business divisions.

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The group's history

Lagardère’s history stretches back 150 years, from Louis Hachette’s intuitive decisions in the 19th century to the digital revolution...

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"2016 has been a pivotal year for your Group, above all, because we maintained our growth momentum and posted excellent operating performances. ..."
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