The first edition of “La Gazette de Berlin”, a free, 16 page monthly with a focus on culture, sport and the economy, was published on the 1st June 2006.
The editorial staff, mainly from Berlin, includes professional journalists from four different countries.
Berlin counts more than 30, 000 French speakers of 20 different nationalities amongst its inhabitants. In Germany’s other large cities where the Gazette is distributed (Cologne, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich), there are also extensive francophone communities. The Gazette’s editorial staff includes two correspondents in Munich (general editor and sports writer), as well as correspondents in Hamburg and Frankfurt (economy), who provide information on a local level. We also have a correspondent in the Rhineland.
The newspaper used to have a 4-page insert listing French cultural events in Berlin and in Germany. We welcome information from theatres, cinemas, galleries and scientific bodies about their cultural programmes. The “Advertisements” section is open to individuals as well as institutions and companies; the “Job Opportunities” section is an ideal place for employers wishing to find candidates with a specific linguistic knowledge; the “Events” section lists details of French-speaking events in Germany (consulates, business clubs, associations etc); last but not least, the “Petites Annonces” section is an opportunity to share useful services such as flat exchanges.
We also have a German page, “Die Gazette”, which provides articles on French-German subjects.
"La Gazette de Berlin" used to be published monthly with a circulation of 20, 000 copies. The newspaper was distributed free of charge in 200 places in Berlin, as well as in Cologne, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Munich. It was also available in French bookshops and cultural institutes. It was even possible to subscribe to "La Gazette" all over the world.
Did you know ? The traditions of "La Gazette de Berlin" actually go much further back than 2006 : in 1743, a French-speaking newspaper of the same name was founded with the help of Frederic II, King of Prussia, a close friend of Voltaire and admirer of Enlightenment philosophy.