Science & Vie, France’s largest popular science magazine, has put out its monthly issues for more than 100 years, covering science, health, and technology for the broad public. Now, the magazine’s top editor has resigned after articles, written by a corporate employee, were published on the magazine’s website without the knowledge of its editors. Magazine staff have gone on strike over the interference by France’s largest marketing and media group, and they fear they are losing editorial independence.
Although the corporate articles were eventually edited or retracted, Hervé Poirier announced his departure last week after 21 years with the magazine, which sells 250,000 copies a month. The resignation underscores the tensions with Reworld Media Group, and fears it is