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2017-2019

2017
  • Lagardère Travel Retail finalises its withdrawal from the Press Distribution business that it launched in 2014. The division is now a pure player and global leader in Travel Retail.
  • Hachette UK makes several acquisitions, including Bookouture, the leading UK e-book publisher, and Summersdale, a publishing house.
  • Guillaume Musso, the most widely read French novelist in the world, joins publishing house Calmann-Lévy.
  • Lagardère Live Entertainment wins the tender to operate the Pays d'Aix Arena (France).
  • Lagardère Travel Retail enters the Cambodian market (Phnom Penh and Siem Reap airports) and the African continent (Blaise-Diagne airport in Dakar, Senegal).
  • Le Journal du Dimanche is voted France's Best Daily Press Title at the 2017 CB News Media Awards.
  • Astérix et la Transitalique, the 37th instalment of the Asterix series, is published in 25 countries.
  • Lagardère Studios acquires audiovisual production company Aito Media Group (Finland).
  • Lagardère Sports and Entertainment launches Lagardère Plus, a global partnership marketing agency with a mission to help brands transform traditional sponsorships into highly impactful marketing platforms.
  • Lagardère Publishing invests in Educapital, the first European investment fund dedicated to education and training.
  • Paris Match launches an African edition following the success of its Belgium and Switzerland versions.
  • Launch of the LL Network to promote diversity in all businesses and gender equality across the Lagardère group, with initiatives including mentoring, master classes and networking events.
2018
  • In France, Lagardère Live Entertainment inaugurates and starts operating the Arkéa Arena (formerly the Bordeaux Métropole Arena).
  • Lagardère Travel Retail pledges to stop using eggs from battery hens by 2025 throughout its worldwide network.
  • Deployment of the Group's strategic refocusing around two priority areas, Lagardère Publishing and Lagardère Travel Retail.
    The media operations retained by the Group (Paris Match, Le Journal du Dimanche, Europe 1, Virgin Radio, RFM and the Elle brand licence) are combined within Lagardère News.
  • Implementation of the media asset disposal plan (excluding Lagardère News) and beginning of the disposal process for Lagardère Sports.
  • In the Netherlands, Lagardère Studios acquires independent audiovisual production company Skyhigh TV.
  • Lagardère Publishing releases La Jeune Fille et la Nuit, by Guillaume Musso, and The President is Missing, by Bill Clinton and James Patterson.
  • Lagardère Sports successfully delivers services to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, including sponsorship, hospitality and broadcast rights sales.
    Sale of the interest in Marie Claire.
  • Completion of the sale of the Radio assets in the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Romania.
  • Lagardère Publishing acquires publishing houses La Plage (France) and Worthy Publishing Group (United States).
  • Finalisation of the sale of the e-Health business (Doctissimo and MonDocteur).
  • Lagardère Travel Retail wins the tender for the operation of 28 Smullers (Foodservice) restaurants across the Dutch rail network.
  • Lagardère Travel Retail completes the acquisition of Hojeij Branded Foods (HBF), a leading Foodservice Travel Retail operator in North America.
  • The Lagardère group initiates the disposal process for Lagardère Sports and Lagardère Plus.
  • Alongside 29 other companies and organisations, Lagardère launches #StOpE to combat everyday sexism in the workplace.
2019
  • Lagardère Publishing acquires French companies Gigamic (board game creator, publisher and distributor) and Blackrock Games (board game distributor).
  • Completion of the sale of the main digital assets (Boursier.com, BilletReduc.com, Plurimedia, Doctipharma).
  • Disposal of radio assets in South Africa, Senegal and Cambodia.
  • Finalisation of the sale of the magazine publishing titles in France (excluding Lagardère News) and of the stake in Disney Hachette Presse.
  • Hachette Livre Chairman and CEO Arnaud Nourry signs an agreement with the charitable association NQT (Nos Quartiers ont des Talents), extending the partnership designed to help young people from modest neighbourhoods gain access to training and employment opportunities. Lagardère has partnered NQT since its creation in 2006.
  • Lagardère Publishing publishes La Vie secrète des écrivains by Guillaume Musso (Calmann-Levy) and La Fille de Vercingétorix, the 38th Asterix album (Éditions Albert René).
  • Disposal of Lagardère Active's Television business and of the stake in Mezzo.
  • Paradies Lagardère (subsidiary of Lagardère Travel Retail) supports the No Kid Hungry® campaign led by the Share Our Strength charity, working to eliminate hunger in the United States and beyond.
  • Lagardère Publishing signs the Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) Charter, committing to increase the number of books in accessible formats, including for the blind and visually impaired, or otherwise print disabled.
  • Lagardère takes part in DuoDay: more than 180 employees from the main Group companies volunteer to team up with disabled people, who shadow them for the day.
  • Lagardère Publishing acquires UK book publisher Short Books.
  • Lagardère Travel Retail acquires International Duty Free (IDF), the travel retail market leader in Belgium, which also has operations in Luxembourg and Kenya.  
2020
  • Lagardère Publishing's educational subsidiaries (Hatier, Hachette Éducation, Istra, Foucher and Didier) support the schooling continuity plan set up by the French Ministry of Education in response to Covid-19 school closures by offering free access to all their textbooks online to facilitate home study during the pandemic.
  • Lagardère Travel Retail wins the Groupe ADP group tender to overhaul Foodservice at Paris-Orly (France) with ten new dedicated catering zones.
  • Lagardère finalises the sale of Lagardère Sports to H.I.G. Capital.
  • In view of the solidarity and corporate responsibility challenges resulting from the unprecedented Covid-19 health crisis, the Managing Partners of Lagardère SCA, in agreement with the Supervisory Board, withdraw the proposed dividend in respect of 2019.
  • Lagardère sets up a "Covid solidarity fund" endowed with €5 million to provide backing for the Group's initiatives in support of its employees worldwide and, where possible, its partners who are suffering the severe effects of the crisis.
  • At the General Meeting on 5 May 2020, the shareholders of Lagardère SCA approve all of the resolutions proposed by the Managing Partners, except for the re-appointment of Martine Chêne, and reject all of the resolutions submitted by activist fund Amber Capital.
  • Release of Guillaume Musso's new novel, La vie est un roman, published by Calmann-Lévy (Lagardère Publishing).
  • Lagardère Travel Retail presents Pick & Go, a new global take-away food offering available in the division's Travel Essentials, Foodservice and Duty Free stores.
  • Lagardère Travel Retail opens a new Aelia Duty Free store at Cagliari Airport (Italy).
  • Lagardère Travel Retail opens its first store in Japan in partnership with Pierre Hermé.
  • The Lagardère SCA Supervisory Board approves the re-appointment of Arnaud Lagardère as Managing Partner for a period of four years, with effect from 17 August 2020.
  • Hachette UK, a subsidiary of Lagardère Publishing, announces the acquisition of Laurence King Publishing, a leading specialist in creative arts publishing and stationery in the United Kingdom.
  • The President of the Paris Commercial Court (Tribunal de Commerce de Paris) rejects a request by Amber Capital and Vivendi to call an Extraordinary General Meeting of Lagardère SCA.
  • The LL Network launches the Sustainable Development and CSR academy to showcase the Group's initiatives, as well as to raise awareness of and boost employee engagement on these issues.
  • Lagardère finalises the sale of Lagardère Studios to Mediawan.