EDIT – An exit and questions. Hachette Livre announced on Thursday March 24 that the publisher Sophie de Closets was leaving the direction of Fayardone of the great houses of the group, a French leader in the sector, owned by Lagardère and of which Editis (Vivendi) intends to take control.
According to a press release fromAxe, Sophie de Closets, “with the desire to embark on a new stage in her career” has decided to leave the presidency of Ediciones Fayard. Quoted in the press release, the editor thanked the group’s employees and the authors of the house “whose trust obliges us”, without elaborating on the reasons for her departure.
Sophie de Closets joined the group in 2004 and has run Fayard editions since 2014. Among her successes, she had recovered the rights for France of books signed by the former president of the United States. Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama.
How dare you, Madame de Closette?
But his announced departure as a volunteer draws attention, since it comes just after the publication of a journalistic investigation. The world This Tuesday, March 22. According to the newspaper, the former head of state Nicholas Sarkozywho joined Lagardère’s board of directors in 2021, lobbied and even “smacked” Fayard’s now-former boss last spring.
The reason? The choice of Sophie de Closets to publish in Fayard the books of the journalists of the World Gerard Davet and Fabrice Lhomme, Hate. The Sarko Years and 2019 and Apocalypse. The Fillon years in 2020, he upset the former president. According to The worldNicolas Sarkozy comes to see “a conspiracy” in this editorial choice, especially since Sophie de Closets paid Jérôme Lavrilleux, Jean-François Copé’s former chief of staff and a key figure in the Bygmalion case, who “contributed enormously” to the books in question.
“How dare you, Mrs. de Closette? Nicolas Sarkozy was exasperated on the phone, voluntarily scratching his name, according to the story of our colleagues Raphaëlle Bacqué and Ariane Chemin. Do you know that Arnaud Lagardère is your boss? The leader of the Lagardère group is close to the former President of the Republic. “For Fayard, I take care of it”, the former head of state also stated, addressing Olivier Nora, general director of Grasset editions, which are also part of the Lagardère group, always according to The world.
The French publishing community has been in turmoil for several months, due to the proposed merger between Hachette and Editis, controlled by the Bolloré family, which has raised the concern of many players about maintaining competition in the sector.
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