The Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation

Since 1989, the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation has supported and encouraged the development of young talent. It develops ambitious, long-term programmes that make it fully engaged in the fields of culture, education and community.

The Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation


In 2020, the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation, under the aegis of the Fondation de France, awarded 11 grants to professionals aged under 30 (35 for certain grants) in the fields of writing, digital technology, audiovisual media and music. For the 31st consecutive year, it provided financial support for those with ambitious and innovative plans, as well as giving them the time needed to successfully achieve their plans. These new talented professionals join the 320 who have already received grants from the Foundation since 1990.

In order to encourage the development of cultural diversity, the Foundation also supports literary meetings of the Institut du Monde Arabe and each year awards the Arab Literature Prize, allowing for voices that are not sufficiently supported to be heard. The 2020 award was won by Sudanese author Abdelaziz Baraka Sakin for Les Jango (Éditions Zulma).

The Foundation also awarded two Commitment grants to associations put forward by Group employees involved in supporting these charitable causes.


Fondation Jean-Luc Lagardère


In 2020, the Foundation continued to support the Lire pour en sortir association, which offers integration programmes through reading in prisons. It was forced to cease its activities during the health crisis, which gave it the opportunity to organise its first writing competition for people in prison. More than 60 texts have been looked at by a jury chaired by Leïla Slimani.
In order to prevent deterioration in parent-child relationships, the association has also set up a new programme to reunite the parent in prison with their child around a book.


The group's values

Lagardère's values and corporate culture are founded on two pillars: its rich and varied history and the commitment of the people, past and present, who represent it.

The group's activities


Created in 1992, Lagardère is an international group with operations in more than 40 countries worldwide.
It employs some 28,000 people and generated revenue of €4,439 million in 2020.
Since 2018, under the impetus of the Group's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Arnaud Lagardère, the Group has undergone a strategic refocusing around two priority 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...

Arnaud Lagardère Editorial

"First and foremost, I hope that you and those you hold dear are holding up well and are in good health.
Faced with the unparalleled crisis brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic and which shaped 2020, our Group was able to react swiftly to mitigate its impacts as much as possible..."
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