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Le Monde Diplomatique

Nicolas Harvey


Le Monde Diplomatique ( LMD ) is a French monthly →  Newspaper created in 1954 by Hubert Beuve-Méry, then editor of the Parisian newspaper of record, Le Monde . It is large format and typically runs to 32 pages, including color artistic photographs and art reproduction. It offers feature and political analysis articles, mostly of one to two pages in length. Sometimes a particular issue will contain a cluster of articles on the same issue or country, running to several pages. It also has short book review pages, mostly of nonfiction, but always including at least one or two novels, generally by global southern authors. Today, LMD is one of the most important global anti-capitalist newspapers, with worldwide influence, especially in countries where people speak Romance languages or Arabic. The newspaper was translated into 26 languages, as of 2006, and had a total circulation of almost 2 million paper copies. Even though the newspaper has never taken sides in a French electoral campaign, the editorial line can be defined as to the left of the French Socialist party. However, LMD was never monolithic and three broad historical tendencies have been in play during its history: leftist Christians (some of them leading resistance fighters during World War II), internationalists (most of them former Communists), and leftist nationalists (some linked to the Eurosceptic political party ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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