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  • Creation of Matra (Mécanique Aviation TRAction). The company starts work on researching and developing a twin-engine plane designed to have a maximum speed of 800 km/h (the fastest propeller plane in the world).
  • Hachette launches Elle and the earliest titles in its current group of publications.
  • The sound barrier is broken in horizontal flight for the first time in Europe by a special Matra engine (Mach 1.4).
  • In partnership with Henri Filipacchi, Hachette launches the Livre de Poche imprint, which remains a market leader today.
  • The European space programme begins. Matra becomes the first prime contractor for satellites.
  • Jean-Luc Lagardère is appointed CEO of Matra, which at the time has a workforce of 1,450.
  • The Matra 530 is presented at the Geneva Motor Show.
  • Matra is appointed prime contractor for its first automated urban transport system, the VAL.
  • Third consecutive victory in the Le Mans 24-hour rally and second manufacturers' World Championship title for Matra-Simca.
  • Matra wins a contract from the CNES and the ESA to build the loading bay for the new European launcher Ariane.

Press releases


Information relating to the total number of voting rights and shares making up the share capital of Lagardère SA as of October 13, 2021(1)


Lagardère Travel Retail Switzerland launches world's first digital duty free vending machine with Inflyter

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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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 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.