(), originally Gazette de France
, was the first weekly magazine
published in France
. It was founded by Théophraste Renaudot
and issued its first number on May 30, 1631. It progressively became the mouthpiece of one royalist faction, the Legitimists
, "La nouvelle droite fin de siècle" in Nouvelle histoire des idées politiques
(dir. P. Ory), Hachette Pluriel 1987, pp.457-465 La Gazette
disappeared in 1915.
During the Ancien Régime
Before the advent of the printed Gazette
, reports on current events usually circulated as hand-written papers (nouvelles à la main
). La Gazette
quickly became the center of France for the dissemination of news, and thus an excellent means for controlling the flow of information in a highly centralized state.
Among the early members of the committee supervising La Gazette
were Pierre d'Hozier
, Vincent Voiture
, Guillaume Bautru
, and Gauthier de Costes
had for objective to inform its readers on events from the noble court
and abroad. It was mostly focused on political and diplomatic affairs. In 1762, its name became Gazette de France
, with the sub title Organe officiel du Government royal
(Official organ of the royal Government). In 1787, Charles-Joseph Panckouke
already proprietary of the Mercure de......