Geoffroy Lejeune “will take the effective direction of the editorial staff” of the JDD from August 1, indicates Monday, July 24 the Lagardère group, owner of the newspaper, referring to a “break in negotiations” with the Society of Journalists, on strike for more than a month. This announcement comes as the editorial staff of the JDD massively renewed, until Tuesday morning, its strike against the arrival at its head of journalist Geoffroy Lejeune (ex-editorial director of Valeurs Actuelles).

The management of Lagardère News regrets in a press release “the position of the SDJ, which does not seem to have taken into account the proposed openings” and “led to a breakdown in negotiations, which is detrimental to both journalists and readers of the Journal du Dimanche”.

Arnaud Lagardère, boss of the group that owns the JDD, “deplores” Monday “this issue” in the same press release. “I repeat, we will not make the JDD an ideological tract or a militant newspaper,” he continues. “This far-right fantasy is unfounded and contemptuous. The JDD will remain a general information publication, open to the general public and open to all schools of thought,” he concludes.

For its part, the editorial staff of the weekly had underlined its “flawless mobilization” in the face of a “total break with the identity of a 75-year-old newspaper”, Saturday at the start of the afternoon, when the strike was renewed until Tuesday. The editorial staff reiterated its demands, remaining opposed to the arrival of Geoffroy Lejeune and demanding guarantees of legal and editorial independence.

Many observers see in the appointment of Geoffroy Lejeune the hand of billionaire Vincent Bolloré, whose Vivendi group must swallow Lagardère, owner of JDD, Paris Match and Europe 1, after a successful takeover bid. The situation of the JDD thus recalls the strikes of Europe 1 in 2021 and of i-Télé (become CNews, property of Vivendi) in 2016, concluded each time by massive departures.