Metro France to TF1
On July 28, Metro International sold it’s 65.7% share in Metro France to minority partner TF1, making the commercial TV station the sole owner.
In February 2002 both companies launched Metro in France, starting in Paris, Marseille and Lyon, expanding to nine more markets between 2004 and 2010. Total circulation increased from 470,000 to 770,000.
Metro France will be published as a Metro franchise; Metro International is expected to receive revenues under the new license and services agreements from 2011 onwards.
There are 115 people working for Metro France, 45 of them journalists.