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  • 1826-1864


  • 1865-1945


  • 1945-1980


  • 1981-1991


  • 1992-1999



    • After a year of massive restructuring, Matra Hachette is created from the takeover of Hachette by Matra, and the Lagardère group is created as the umbrella company for the whole group.
    • Strategic alliance between Matra Communication and Northern Telecom. This partnership will allow Matra to continue to grow and to strengthen its international strategy in the telecommunications field.
    • Hachette Livre launches the first multimedia encyclopaedia, Axis.
    • The group enters the multimedia sector. Matra Hachette Multimédia launches Epsis, the first image substitution process designed for advertising. The 400,000th Espace leaves the Romorantin factory.
    • Matra Marconi space acquires British Aerospace's space division, making it the leading European space group and the third-largest in the world.
    • Hachette Distribution Services acquires Canada's leading newsstand chain, UCS, and becomes the third-largest operator in the retail press sector.
    • Elle celebrates its 50th anniversary, extending its influence to 26 countries around the world.
    • Matra Défense and BAe Dynamics merge to form the new company Matra BAe Dynamics, the leading weapons manufacturer in Europe and the third largest in the world.
    • Hachette Livre acquires the Hatier group, France's third-largest educational publisher.
    • Hachette Livre sweeps the board at the year's literary prize ceremonies:
      • The Prix Goncourt and Prix de l'Académie Française for La Bataille by Patrick Rambaud (Grasset).
      • The Prix Renaudot for Les Voleurs de Beauté by Pascal Bruckner (Grasset).
      • The Prix Médicis (foreign-language publications) for America by T.C. Boyle (Grasset).
    • Merger of Hachette Filipacchi Presse and Filipacchi Médias to become Hachette Filipacchi Médias.
    • The third-generation Espace is a roaring success in Europe, with 54,072 orders, 41% in France and 59% on the export market.

    • Creation of Hachette Multimédia, combining Hachette Livre's multimedia business and Grolier Interactive's online educational services.
    • International growth of Hachette Livre with the acquisitions of the British firms Orion and Cassell.
    • Merger of the activities of Aerospatiale and Matra Hautes Technologies, which officially become Aerospatiale Matra on 11 June 1999.
    • Launch of Europe Infos by Europe 1 and Club-Internet, the leading non-stop Internet information service in French.
    • Acquisition of 80% of Rusconi Editore in Italy.
    • Arnaud Lagardère is named president of Europe 1 Communication.
    • Aerospatiale Matra is quoted on the stock market for the first time.
  • 2000-2002


  • 2003-2006


  • 2007-2010


  • 2011-2013


  • 2014-2016


  • 2017-2021


Arnaud Lagardère Editorial

"First and foremost, I hope that you and those you hold dear are holding up well and are in good health.
Faced with the unparalleled crisis brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic and which shaped 2020, our Group was able to react swiftly to mitigate its impacts as much as possible..."

The group's activities


Created in 1992, Lagardère is an international group with operations in more than 40 countries worldwide.
It employs some 28,000 people and generated revenue of €4,439 million in 2020.
Since 2018, under the impetus of the Group's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Arnaud Lagardère, the Group has undergone a strategic refocusing around two priority divisions.


The group's values

Lagardère's values and corporate culture are founded on two pillars: its rich and varied history and the commitment of the people, past and present, who represent it.