Free dailies in France lose but still lead
Compared to 2011, the total circulation of free newspapers in France dropped with 3% to 2.6 million according to the latest OJD data. Between 2010 and 2011 it increased with 25%.
The drop is the result of the lower circulation of the DirectMatin-Plus free dailies (-10%). Metro and 20 Minutes had a stable circulation compared to the previous year.
DirectMatin-Plus and 20 Minutes are the French newspapers with the highest circulation, Metro is fourth after regional paper Ouest France.