One doesn't often see one news outlet suing another for slander, but that's what JDD has done with L'Express. The incriminated article is by Frédéric Martel, who wrote that "Nicolas Sarkozy a mis la main sur le titre depuis plusieurs années et continue de le diriger, indirectement, à tous les étages."
Frédéric, who used to be the cultural attaché here in Boston, is a friend. One suspects a settling of scores here, since he recently published a book, J'aime pas le sarkozysme culturel, which is not tender toward Denis Olivennes, who heads the Lagardère media group that owns JDD. Frédéric also wrote a series of articles criticizing Carla Bruni's charitable foundation.