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French News

Please direct all comments or requests for information to Paula Carns, Librarian for French Language and Literature (333-0076) • pcarns@illinois.edu

UIUC Electronic and Print Holdings

Title Electronic Replica
UIUC print or microform? Available via Lexis-Nexis?
Commercial Online Website
Le Monde (France)


microform: 12/19/44 through 12/71 1987-present http://www.lemonde.fr
Le Canard enchaîné no current issues available in Literatures & Languages Library no http://www.lecanardenchaine.fr/
Le Devoir (Québec) no current issues available in Literatures & Languages Library no http://www.ledevoir.com
Libération (France)



no 4/15/98-present http://www.liberation.fr
Le Soir (Belgium) PressDisplay microform of current and past issues available via CRL no http://www.lesoir.be
Le Figaro (France) PressDisplay 1870-2/2005 1/10/97 to present http://www.lefigaro.fr
La Libre Belgique (Belgium) no 2/1/15-11/12/18 in STX 1/1/90 to present http://www.lalibre.be
Les Échos (France) PressDisplay no 1/4/93 to present http://www.lesechos.fr
24 heures (Switzerland) PressDisplay no 10/4/96 to present http://www.24heures.ch
Aujourd'hui en France (France) PressDisplay no no
La Dernière Heure Les Sports (Belgium) no no no http://www.dhnet.be
La Voix du Luxembourg (Luxembourg) PressDisplay no no http://www.lavoix.lu
Le Journal du Dimanche (France) PressDisplay no no http://www.lejournaldudimanche.fr
Le Matin (Switzerland) PressDisplay no no http://www.lematin.ch
L'Orient le Jour (Lebanon) no no no http://www.lorient-lejour.com.lb
Métro (France) PressDisplay no no http://www.metrofrance.com/fr/actualite
Tribune de Genève (Switzerland) PressDisplay no no http://www.tdg.ch



Full-Text Newspaper Indexes

Electronic Replicas

PressDisplay UIUC
Provides online, same-day access to more than 250 newspapers from the U.S. and more than 50 other countries. All papers are provided complete (with a few minor exceptions) and in color, displayed in their original format and layout (including images and advertisements). Newspapers can be selected by country, by language, or from an alphabetical list. Each paper is available with a rolling 60-day archive.

Full-Text Databases

Access World News
Access World News features 1,500 international sources including translated broadcasts, news agency transmissions, newspapers, periodicals, and government documents. Subjects covered include international developments related to politics, economics, science & technology, culture and business in Africa, Asia, Europe, the former Soviet Union, Pacific rim, Central and South America and the Middle East. All entries are full-text. Site also includes daily headlines and political and topographical maps. Covers 1996-present.

Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe UIUC
Full text articles from some prominent newspapers in French, Dutch, German, Italian, and Spanish can be retrieved through this database In two ways. One way is to enter searches in these languages (English operators [and, or, not] must be used to combine search terms). Another way is to use the Guided News Search. Under Step One, select "Non-English Language News" and Under Step Two,  chose a language. Diacritic marks should be ignored, except in German, where "E" must follow all vowels with an umlaut.

EbscoHost Newspaper Source UIUC
EBSCO Newspaper Source provides selected full text coverage for 238 sources, including 175 regional U.S. newspapers, 20 international newspapers, 15 newswires and newspaper columns, as well as 24 TV and radio news transcripts. This collection also includes cover-to-cover full text for USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor and The Los Angeles Times. Newswire coverage includes Associated Press Online, Asia Pulse, Canadian Press Wire, AP Worldstream and more. Full text transcripts are also included from Face the Nation, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, 60 Minutes, OReilly Factor, Hannity & Colmes, CNN, CNBC, etc.

BPI-DOC online index WWW
BPI-Doc is an online index of about 100 French newspapers and magazines published since Jan. 1, 1997. No full text is given, but there are full citations. The index is searchable by keywords or by advanced searches using journal names and/or dates of publication.

Proquest Historical Newspapers UIUC
Proquest Historical Newspapers contains two historical resources:  New York Times (Sept 18,1851-Dec 31, 2001), and Wall Street Journal (July 8, 1889-Dec 31, 1987). Users have the option of searching all newspapers or individual ones.

Center for Research Library's Foreign Newspapers and Ethnic Press (for North American Ethnic Newspapers)
The Center for Research Libraries holds a rich collection of foreign-language and North American Ethnic newspapers on microfilm. Search CRL's newspaper databases to find holdings--searching by city rather than title is more effective--and then request the material through the UIUC Library's Interlibrary Loan, stating in the Notes field that the item is available through CRL.

Ethnic NewsWatch UIUC
Ethnic NewsWatch is a full-text collection of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. A rich collection of articles, editorials, columns, reviews, etc. provide a broad diversity of perspectives and viewpoints -- the other sides of the stories. Free text searching and complete indexing makes Ethnic NewsWatch easy to search. The content of this collection is useful for Caribbean, African, and Arab/Middle Eastern studies; however, French-language sources do not appear to be included.

UIUC Library Newspaper Database


More Online French-Language Newspapers

This section provides links to the commercial websites of international and domestic/regional newspapers that are available without a subscription. Further links to online newspapers from around the world are found through Newslink.com, which organizes them by continent.  The response times and transmission delays for these newspaper sites vary widely.

Another option for international newspapers is to search for them via Access World News. You can click on the region of interest to you for titles of newspapers from that area.


OnlineNewspapers French
This site links to dozens of French newspapers, including a few papers in English.

NewsLink's France online newspapers
Links to about 20 French newspapers.

Metro International--France
Purports to be the "world's 4th largest newspaper by readership," with 10.8 million daily readers of 25 editions in 16 countries in 14 languages, with a high number of readers per copy, at 2.6. The newspaper can be read in a 16.7-minute commute, and is typically read by a 50% female readership. 38% of people under 30 years of age in distribution areas read Metro at least once a week. The online version is free, though users must register.

Le Monde-diplomatique (Paris)
Although this paper offers only a monthly edition, it contains a rather detailed subject index which can be of use in finding articles on specific topics.

Le Nouvel Observateur quotidien

Le Parisien (Paris)
This paper covers Paris proper and the surrounding regions, for which there are separate editions. One week of back issues is available, and it is possible to search the site for a particular word.

News from all of Northwest France, including Brittany, Normandy and the Loire region. Articles from Agence France Presse are available, and there is a special section on university news. Previous issues are not available.

La Voix du Nord
Covers in separate editions the area from Calais and Dunkerque to Cambrai and Valenciennes, with a special focus on the large metropolitan area of Lille. This is truly a regional paper, since national and international news are not included. No archived issues are provided.

Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace (Strasbourg)
Good coverage of local, national, and international news, with the possibility of reading some articles in either French or German. Many entertainment topics have rubrics as well, with sports occupying a prominent place. The site includes a searchable archive of back issues.

Le Républicain Lorrain
From the home page, click on the newspaper icon to reach the paper. Departments near Metz and Luxembourg are covered in separate editions. Two years of searchable back issues.

Nice Matin
Coverage not only of Nice itself, but of the whole region, including Corsica. Some national and international news, but no back issues. It is possible to view the front pages in .pdf format.

Sud Ouest
Regional paper for southwestern France, with particular focus on Bordeaux. However, national and international news is also included, along with sports and entertainment. One week of back issues may be consulted. (A more extensive Centre de documentation is available but requires payment.)


See NewsLink's Belgium online newspapers.


Daily edition covering Luxembourg, Europe and the world. Despite its title, this newspaper is written in French. The archives contain selected articles rather than complete back issues.


See also NewsLink's Québec online newspapers.

Le Soleil du Québec
A good number of rubrics, but each contains only a few relatively short articles. Coverage primarily of the province of Québec, with international news coming from Agence France Presse and the Associated Press. Only selected articles from back issues are available.

French Popular Magazines

Below is a list of the library's popular magazines about French literature and culture. Check the BACK TO TOP