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At the end of World War II, Marcel Chassagny founds Matra (Mécanique Aviation TRAction), a company focused on the defence industry.


Jean-Luc Lagardère becomes Chief Executive Officer of Matra, which has diversified into aerospace and automobiles.


Sylvain Floirat asks Jean-Luc Lagardère to head the Europe 1 radio network.


Jean-Luc Lagardère is appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Matra.


Matra acquires the Hachette group, specialised in book publishing (Grasset, Fayard, Stock, etc.), magazines and newspapers (Elle, Le Journal du Dimanche, etc.) and distribution.

The French State acquires a 51% interest in Matra (excluding Hachette). Europe 1 is sold to the French State via Sofirad. Jean-Luc Lagardère and Daniel Filipacchi are appointed Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hachette


Hachette regains control of Europe 1.

10 February 1988

Matra is privatised.

30 December 1992

Following the failure of French television channel La Cinq, Hachette is merged into Matra to form Matra-Hachette, and Lagardère Groupe, a French partnership limited by shares, is created as the umbrella company for the entire ensemble.


Matra-Hachette is absorbed into Lagardère Groupe, which changes its name to Lagardère SCA.


Aerospatiale Matra is created following the merger of Aerospatiale and Matra Hautes Technologies.


The EADS consortium is formed following the merger of Aerospatiale Matra, CASA and DaimlerChrysler Aerospace.

14 March 2003

Death of Jean-Luc Lagardère.

26 March 2003

Arnaud Lagardère is appointed Managing Partner of Lagardère SCA.


The Group acquires a portion of Vivendi Universal Publishing's French and Spanish assets.


The Group reorganises around four major institutional brands: Lagardère Publishing, Lagardère Services (which became Lagardère Travel Retail in 2015), Lagardère Active and Lagardère Sports (which became Lagardère Sports and Entertainment in 2015).


The Group sells its international magazine operations.


The Group divests its remaining interest in EADS.


Acquisition of Paradies, Hojeij Branded Foods and International Duty Free (Travel Retail), and of Perseus Books, Bookouture, La Plage, Worthy Publishing Group, Short Books and Laurence King Publishing (Publishing), etc.


Strategic refocusing of the Group around two priority divisions, Lagardère Publishing and Lagardère Travel Retail, as well as Other Activities (Lagardère News and Lagardère Live Entertainment).


Conversion of Lagardère SCA into a joint-stock company on 30 June 2021 and implementation of a new governance structure.

Press releases


Hachette UK acquires Paperblanks


Half-year liquidity contract statement

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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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CSR at Lagardère

By making workforce-related, environmental and ethical issues a central part of its strategy, the Lagardère group intends to support the company's value-creation efforts along with its sustainable and inclusive growth.
Its commitments in terms of promoting diversity, access to education and environmental responsibility are intended to be performance drivers.