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Le Monde moves to WordPress

Le Monde just relaunched their blogging services. Their several thousand blogs are now powered by WordPress (they used to be on TypePad). Lots of new WordPress blogs get created every day, but this installation is significant for a number of reasons. First off, Le Monde is the best known newspaper in France, they are highly respected and we are very happy to have them on our platform. They are also the first major WordPress MU (Multi-User) deployment since MU was officially released last week. In addition to MU, Le Monde is also using our Akismet service to keep spam off their blogs and they are the first licensee of the stats package we developed for

Le Monde joins an impressive list of media publishers who have chosen WordPress as their blog publishing platform of choice, including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, and many others.

PS: each Le Monde blog will have a powered by WordPress link that points to, our emerging community for French bloggers.

37 replies on “Le Monde moves to WordPress”

C'est bien, ca!

When I went to the American College (now University) in Paris in 1975, I discovered the French love of good conversation and useful technology. Their choice of WordPress is a natural.

They will benefit each other to the greater good of both…the baseline of all good blogs.

This will give a bust to WordPress! Maybe Typepad will realise that their payed features are free with WordPress! Real bloggers use WordPress 🙂

Woohoo great news, congrats to the WordPress team!

Take that, Loic Le Meur, in your face!

Congrats, WordPress: this is a very good move towards quality blogging. And you convinced me in the same time (not a Le Monde user, but a WordPad-soon-to-be).

Paul Elosegui,

While Germany is wiki-maniac, France has been very much at the front-head of the blog revolution, thanks to Skyblogs (think MySpace, but in French) and that platform: however (left-wing) conservative, Le Monde and Libé(ration) have been through vey harsh time, and they tried many things to go through. In both cases, blogs were their best move so far.

I don't thing being conservative is against blogging anyway: if you speak French, you can check out, very much a right-wing platform: two most frequent tags? Sarkozy, the right-wing "libéral" (read: Thatcher), and Philippe de Villiers, a far-right, conservative, Christian leader.

Good move indeed. Their previous platform was with way too susceptible to spam comments. I checked a couple of blogs tied to Le Monde and the link pointed to however.

[…] Wenn Printmedien Weblogs nutzen, verwenden sie oft WordPress, das zudem vor wenigen Tagen in einer finalen Multiuser-Version erschienen ist. Nun hat auch das renommierte französische Blatt Le Monde von Typepad zu WordPress gewechselt. Dies ist dem Weblog Tonis Garage zu entnehmen. Mittwoch, 01.11.2006 | Märkte, Tools | ster | Druckversion | […]

[…] Les blogs du quotidien viennent de passer sous WordPress, en lieu et place de Typepad. Une jolie victoire pour l’Open Source – et ça ne tue pas le business, puisque l’opération a été montée par Automattic, une vraie société qui fait du vrai argent avec WordPress. […]

[…] Quand l’un des plus grands journaux français décide de quitter une entreprise commerciale (TypePad -1) pour collaborer avec un projet open-source, on se dit : tiens, il se passe quelque chose d’intéressant. Surtout lorsque le dit journal rejoint le New York Times, le Wall Street Journal ou Reuters (toujours en avance sur son temps 😉 dans cette belle aventure du logiciel libre. Et sur qui est donc tombé le dévolu du journal Le Monde ? WordPress ! (si je pouvais le chanter) Autant dire que ma partialité est toute relative, j’adore WordPress, pas un de mes blogs qui ne soient propulsés sans lui. Avec Firefox (fondation Mozilla), et d’autres, les logiciels libres, créés par une communauté d’utilisateurs, offrent une alternative de plus en plus crédible. Au point, comme ici, de prendre la place à TypePad (dont Loïc Le Meur est familier), l’une des plus grandes plateformes européennes pour les blogs (tout de même). […]

This is really great news! It will definitely help when I try to convince clients and media that WPMU is a great choice for a blogging platform.

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