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A lament for newsprint: Staff protest as storied French newspaper ceases print edition

Around 100 workers from the CGT trade union occupied the Paris headquarters of the newspaper France Soir on Tuesday, Agence France-Presse reported, carpeting the Champs Elysees with copies of the paper in protest against the impending termination of its print edition.

France Soir was launched in November 1944 by two underground resistance fighters, according to The Local, a news website. By the mid-1950s, its circulation had grown to 1.5 million, but a long decline has seen the figure fall as low as 60,000 in recent years.

The current owner, Russian Alexandre Pougatchev, plans to switch to an online-only version of the paper on December 15, resulting in the loss of 89 out of 116 jobs.