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Encouraging access to education and culture

Focus Isabelle Cardi




Chief Executive Officer of Éditions JC Lattès




Le Livre de Poche: the best way of democratising reading

Loyal to the original aims of Le Livre de Poche, my desire with the whole team is to support the democratisation of reading.

For the last five years, we've headed to the beaches to talk to readers thanks to the "Camion qui livre", a mobile bookstore that tours the French coast to attract new fans. We also work with Unicef to support its mission to educate the 128 million children not in school around the world by publishing unpublished works, with a proportion of funds paid back to them.

Still with a view to democratising reading, which remains the best way of fighting the withholding of knowledge, in 2017 we launched the "Tournament of words" in partnership with Le Labo des histoires. This is an inter-regional literary improvisation competition that puts teams of secondary school children up against each other using words from cult works published by Le Livre de Poche. Delphine de Vigan agreed to sponsor the most recent event, intended to feed young adults' appetite for words, writing and reading. It is more important than ever to show them that a pencil and a book can create an experience just as exhilarating and enriching as television or video games.

To remain the ideal companion for every occasion, Le Livre de Poche invests in all traditional and less traditional cultural venues indoors and outdoors, hoping to offer countless new generations their first emotional reading experience.


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.

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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 General and Managing Partner, Arnaud Lagardère, the Group has undergone a strategic refocusing around two priority divisions.


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Message from Arnaud Lagardère

2019 was a year of transformation and refocusing for the Lagardère group.
Our strategy is now concentrated on two priority areas: Lagardère Publishing, our power engine, and Lagardère Travel Retail, our growth engine.