Hachette Livre has once again voiced its support for the Law of 10 August 1981, which established a uniform pricing system for books in France.

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Lagardère Publishing

Paris, June 30, 2008

Hachette Livre, France’s leading publishing group and the world’s second largest publisher of works for the general public, has once again voiced its support for the Law of 10 August 1981 – also known as the Lang Law –, which established a uniform pricing system for books in France.

For well-established cultural reasons, all stakeholders involved in the French book market – authors, publishers, booksellers and consumers – place a high priority on editorial variety and diversity. Hachette Livre considers that the uniform pricing system is the only means to preserve this variety and diversity. Any calling into question – even partial – of the Lang Law would seriously destabilize a market that has found a satisfactory equilibrium between the interests of creators, producers, retailers and consumers.

Press contact:

Myriam Simonneaux – +33 (0)1 43 92 34 20 - Fax: : +33 (0)1 43 92 36 19 - msimonneaux@hachette-livre.fr

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