The carnage continues at Fayard, since the appointment of Isabelle Saporta at the head of this publishing house, a subsidiary of Hachette which comes under the control of Vivendi, the group of billionaire Vincent Bolloré. In a letter that The world was able to consult, the philosophers Alain Badiou and Barbara Cassin wrote to him on Wednesday June 22: “We were surprised by your attitude during the recent events concerning Editions Fayard, and it seems difficult to continue as if nothing had happened. This is why we inform you that we are stopping our “Ouvertures” collection, with the exception of the three current manuscripts by authors other than ourselves. »
Isabelle Saporta has indeed taken over serious accusations from Nicolas Sarkozy, administrator of Hachette Livre and friend of Arnaud Lagardère, against Sophie de Closets, her predecessor, who left in March. In a very muscular test, What is Sarkozy the name of? (Lines, 2007), Alain Badiou, supporter of the radical left, had already said all the bad things he thought of the former President of the Republic. His departure from Fayard seems all the more logical as the influence of Nicolas Sarkozy on the destinies of Hachette grows day by day.
For Barbara Cassin, author, among others, of the philosophical autobiography Happiness, its sweet tooth to death (Fayard, 2020), it is also too much. The two authors wish to buy the rights to their own works in progress within the publishing house. Wednesday June 22, Isabelle Saporta assured not to have “yet received no communication in this regard”since it seemed to him “that all mail arrives first and foremost at the World »…
These two departures are added to the long list of authors who have decided to follow Sophie de Closets or simply to leave, between Jacques Attali (who has published more than 80 books with Fayard), Victor Castanet, who has just signed the one of the great bookstore successes with its edifying investigation of Ehpad Orpea, The Gravediggers (Fayard, 400 pages, 22.90 euros), but also France’s most widely read novelist, Virginie Grimaldi, or journalists from World Gerard Davet and Fabrice Lhomme.
To validate the mega-merger between Hachette and Editis, the European Commission must give the green light
The anti-Bolloré revolt has intensified since Vivendi’s takeover bid (takeover bid) (owner of Editis, number two in publishing in France) for Lagardère reached a new milestone, since Vivendi holds 57, 3% of the capital of the parent company of Hachette since June 14. To validate this mega-merger in publishing, the European Commission must give the green light. It should impose “remedies”, a medical word used as a synonym for divestment from many competing publishing houses or distribution subsidiaries.
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