Vincent Bolloré

French media mogul Bolloré and his platform for the far-right

France — Link

To one degree or another, behind the two far-right and one mainsteam Right candidates in France's presidential elections is media mogul Vincent Bolloré, 70, scion of an old industrial family, whose outlets, known for adopting the flair, tics and style of Fox News, play an outsize role in directing the national political debate, writes Harrison Stetler in an opinion article for The New York Times.

When billionaire Vincent Bolloré secretly shadowed an unflattering TV documentary

France — Investigation

French police phone taps of billionaire businessman Vincent Bolloré during a judicial investigation into suspected corrupt practises in West Africa by his family-owned industrial group, now a media and publishing empire, show how, with the help of influential PR advisor Ramzi Khiroun, he was secretly informed of the contents of an unflattering profile of him by public broadcaster France 2. They also unveil how, as the corruption probe closed in, he received crisis management advice from former French president and friend Nicolas Sarkozy. The taps are among a series of revelations in ‘Media Crash’, a documentary co-produced by Mediapart exposing the inside story of the manipulation of the French press and broadcast media by a handful of self-serving, wealthy proprietors, to be released in theatres around France, beginning on February 16th. Yann Philippin and Valentine Oberti report.

Paris Match editor ousted by media tycoon Bolloré

France — Link

Hervé Gattegno, editor of Paris Match magazine and weekly newspaper Le JDD, has been sacked by Vincent Bolloré, the media tycoon who owns the publications, in a move precipitated by photos that embarassed far-right essayist  Éric Zemmour, another Bolloré employee, who is expected to run for the French presidency in elections next year. 

Judge rejects plea bargain deal for French billionaire Vincent Bolloré in corruption case

France — Investigation

The businessman had negotiated a deal with the French financial prosecution unit, the Parquet National Financier, under the terms of which he would have only received a fine of 375,000 euros over a corruption case in West Africa. But on Friday February 26th a court in Paris rejected the plea bargain agreement, ruling that it was too favourable to Vincent Bolloré, whose group has a string of economic interests in African countries. Fabrice Arfi and Yann Philippin report.

Billionaire TV boss axes popular satirical puppet show

France — Link

French TV channel Canal Plus has finally announced the end of its long-running popular puppet show Les Guignols de l'Info, whose lampooning of political and establishment figures angered the channel's controversial billionaire owner Vincent Bolloré.

Why French tycoon Vincent Bolloré faces probe over African business practices


The French businessman Vincent Bolloré has been placed under formal investigation over the alleged corruption of foreign public officials and complicity in corruption. The probe into the well-connected businessman, who has amassed much of his fortune through his dealings in Africa, relates to how one of its companies won the concessions to run the ports at Lomé in Togo and Conakry in Guinea, and the use of his communications firm in the electoral campaigns of African leaders. Martine Orange gives the background to the allegations.

French tycoon Bolloré questioned by police over Africa operations

France — Link

Bolloré, who has business interests in West Africa, is suspected of corrupting foreign officials and complicity in corruption, his lawyer said.

Bolloré hands over Vivendi chairmanship to his son

France — Link

French billionaire Vincent Bolloré, whose Bolloré Group owns a 20 percent stake in media giant Vivendi, has announced his son Yannick is to replace him as chairman of Vivendi's supervisory board, a hereditary handown after corporate raider Bolloré senior's four years at the helm.

Tycoon Vincent Bolloré takes aim at French satire show

France — Link

Billionaire head of media group Vivendi has stirred up political row over reports he wants to axe 'Les Guignols' puppet show on Canal Plus.

France's Renault to build 3-seater electric cars

France — Link

Carmaker in joint venture with Bolloré, operator of the Paris Autolib fleet, to build three-seater versions of the cars at its Dieppe factory.

Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to launch a 1 bln-euro private equity fund

International — Investigation

Nicolas Sarkozy is secretly attempting to set up a 1 billion-euro private equity fund, with plans for it to be based in London, and has begun prospecting wealthy individuals and institutions to back the scheme, financial and business sources have told Mediapart. According to concordant sources, the former French President (pictured) has made discreet contact with potential backers based in France, the Middle East and South-East Asia. Laurent Mauduit reports.

President Sarkozy 'bullied African leaders into deals with billionaire friend Bolloré'

International — Interview

The former head of an international maritime port management company has accused French President Nicolas Sarkozy of bullying African governments into entering into contracts with the Groupe Bolloré, headed by the president's close friend Vincent Bolloré. In an exclusive interview with Mediapart, Jacques Dupuydauby (photo), who recently retired as chairman of Franco-Spanish group Progosa, says French-speaking West African leaders personally told him how President Sarkozy threatened them with a withdrawal of French support unless they agreed to hand lucrative port management concessions to the Groupe Bolloré. He describes the French president as Bolloré's "high-class travelling salesman", adding: "Under Sarkozy, the message is ‘If you don't do what we ask in giving such and such a thing to Bolloré, you will no longer be able to count on France's support'"