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.

Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation 2021 grant winners (France).


In 2021, the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation, under the aegis of the Fondation de France, maintained its high level of commitment to supporting young French-speaking people in the creative industries by awarding grants to professionals aged under 30* in the fields of writing, digital technology, audiovisual media and music. Grants were awarded to nine bold projects spearheaded by talented young people, including a feature-length documentary in China, a musical animation series, a photographic study of the Horn of Africa, and the revival of a bookstore in the Gironde region (France). They join the 332 young people who have been awarded grants by the Foundation since 1990, such as Mohamed Mbougar Sarr, whose novel La plus secrète mémoire des hommes (Men's Most Secret Memories) (Philippe Rey / Jimsaan), written thanks to the writing grant he received in 2018, won the Prix Goncourt in 2021.

The Foundation also lends its support to associations and institutions that encourage creative cultural projects, such as the Centre Pompidou's Studio 13/16, which offers teenagers a programme of artistic activities connected with this civic-minded and engaged generation.

Finally, the Foundation awarded a Commitment grant to two charities supported by the Group's employees.

* Under 35 for some grants.


Jokha Alharthi, winner of the 2021 Arab Literature Prize
Since 2013, the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation has worked with the Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA) to promote Arab literature in France by means of a €10,000 prize awarded each year to a work by a writer from a member country of the Arab League. In 2021, the Arab Literature Prize went to Omani author Jokha Alharthi for her novel Les Corps célestes (Celestial Bodies) (Éditions Stéphane Marsan), translated into French by Khaled Osman. The Foundation also supports the meetings organised by the IMA each week to showcase the wealth of Arab literature.


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 around 27,000 people and generated revenue of €5,130 million in 2021.
The Group is structured around two priority divisions.


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The group's history

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Message from the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

"The conversion of Lagardère SCA into a joint-stock company (société anonyme) with a Board of Directors in 2021 marked a new chapter in the Group's history. Our governance is now characterised by a calm and constructive relationship with our main shareholders, which reinforces the integrity and durability of our Group..."
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