(Articles D18 to D27 of the Post and Electronic Communications Code)

The press benefits from preferential postal rates for its routing and distribution by La Poste. The tariff schedule, on which these tariffs are based, takes into account the weight of publications, the urgency and the readiness of shipments.

A reduction on this press tariff applies to daily newspapers and weeklies with a political and general information character. In addition, national dailies with low advertising resources and local dailies with low classifieds resources benefit from an additional reduction.

After several months of negotiations, representatives of the press publishers and the president of the La Poste Group, in the presence of members of the Government, signed July 23, 2008 a memorandum of understanding on the delivery of press subscriptions by post.

Due to the radical change in the economic context since the signing of the agreements, the President of the Republic decided on January 23, 2009, at the closing of the States General of the print media, that «the implementation of the press agreement - Post [would] be postponed for one year, the shortfall for the Post being fully compensated by the State».

Thus the tariffs applied in 2009 were the same as in 2008.

This exceptional provision in response to the emergency situation of the press, does not call into question the agreement signed on July 23 between the State, the publishers and the Post.

As a result, the 2009 tariffs provided for in the agreement were applied, but the resulting effects of tariff increases (revaluation and inflation) were neutralized for all publishers on the invoice, via the application of a rebate.

I. The effective implementation of the moratorium in 2009

On 4 March, La Poste informed the publishers on the website dedicated to the press (presse-poste.com) of the implementation of the moratorium in 2009:

For each type of press, the discount rate is calculated in such a way as to completely cancel the price increase.

A remission scheme is deployed as part of a full compensation by the State for the shortfall for La Poste.

An appropriation of €25.4 million was voted in the Amending Finance Act of 20 April 2009 on the 180 Presse programme to compensate La Poste for the shortfall resulting from the application of the 2008 tariffs in 2009.

The implementation of the tariff provisions is delayed by one year.

The agreement has not been called into question by the moratorium, its tariff component has simply been put on hold for 2009 in view of the very serious crisis that press companies are currently experiencing. But all the other components of the memorandum of understanding of July 23, 2008 apply (in particular the optimization of the productivity of La Poste, the deployment of the Cap Qualité Courrier program to improve the distribution of newspapers to subscribers on lists etc...).

II. Implementation of the moratorium for 2010

In 2010, tariff increases under the agreement for 2009 are implemented. The compensation for the shortfall for La Poste of the one-year deferral of the implementation of the State - Press - La Poste agreements was estimated in 2010 at €28 million


To learn more:

 Signature of the State-Post Press Memorandum of Understanding of 23 July 2008

 Post and electronic communications code, Articles D18 to D28.

 Postal transport of the press (file)