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A great way to practice reading French, learning vocabulary, and finding out what’s going on the world is to read the news in French. Be sure to bookmark French news vocabulary for help with any of the specialized terms you’re likely to encounter.

Here’s a very brief overview of national French newspapers and magazines, in alphabetical order, to help you decide which one(s) you might like to read. "Frequency" refers to the paper editions, though of course the websites are usually updated more frequently.

Name Nickname Frequency
20 Minutes   Daily Free
Le Canard enchaîné Le Canard Weekly Satirical
Charlie Hebdo Charlie Weekly Satirical
La Croix   Daily Catholic
Les Échos   Daily Economics/Finance
L’Équipe   Daily Sports
L’Express   Weekly Left-leaning
Le Figaro Le Fig Daily Right-wing
L’Humanité L’Huma Daily Communist, Left-wing
Libération Libé Daily Left-leaning
Marianne   Weekly Left-wing
Metronews   Daily Free
Le Monde   Daily Left-leaning
Le Nouvel Observateur L’Obs Weekly Left-leaning
Ouest-France   Daily Right-leaning, Regional
Le Parisien   Daily General interest
Paris-Match   Weekly Photos, Celebrities

In other news …

There are also some excellent websites that offer news specifically aimed at French learners:

Ilini – short, authentic French news videos enhanced with interactive subtitles. (free trial)

Journal en français facile – 5-days-a-week podcast by Radio France Internationale. (free)

News in French – free daily email with assorted news items related to France and French culture, with pop-up translations of tricky terms and (paid) audio version.

News in Slow French – weekly podcast with resources for French students of all levels. (paid)

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