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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, International Duty Free (Travel Retail), and of Perseus Books, Bookouture, La Plage, Worthy Publishing Group, Short Books, Laurence King Publishing and Workman 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 French joint-stock company (société anonyme) and implementation of a new governance structure.

Press releases


1852 to 2022: Lagardère Travel Retail celebrates 170 years


Monthly information relating to the total number of voting rights and shares making up the share capital

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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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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CSR at Lagardère

The Lagardère group's CSR roadmap, which is adapted to its stakeholders' growing expectations with regard to responsibility and increasing regulatory constraints on a national and European level governing non-financial information, is based on four main commitments.