About Us

La Ligne Rose, “The Rose Line.” Until 1884, the most common Prime Meridian for European cartographers ran straight through Paris – right up the streets, through Nave of l’Église St-Sulpice, and right through the center, open door of l’Observatoire de Paris. This made sense, for Paris was the center of European culture, commerce, and politics for centuries. Even when the committee moved the Prime Meridian to Greenwich, England, in 1884, Paris remained the most cultured city in the world – the center, from which everything radiated.

In launching a new, worldwide news agency, we wanted that perspective – to feel as if we were reporting the news, good, bad, or otherwise, without corporate or political bias, and from the center, looking out, instead of as an outsider, looking in. Because we wanted our newspaper to reflect that point of view, we decided to call ourselves, “l’Herald de Paris.”

In 1887 was born a most miraculous newspaper, the European edition of New York’s most celebrated newspaper, The New York Herald. “The Paris Herald,” as Americans called it, was published in English. Parisians called it, “Le New York,” and it was as widely acclaimed for its innovation as it was for its coverage. Later, it became known as the European edition of the New York Herald-Tribune. The great-grandchild of that old paper lives on, as The International Herald-Tribune.

The name “Paris Herald” has never graced a newspaper masthead. Therefore, we adopted the name Herald de Paris as an homage to the principles of what was referred to as, “the newspaperman’s newspaper,” arguably the best newspaper that ever existed. Granted, naming our newspaper after a business born from a society scandal (a messy affair involving socialite newspaperman James Gordon Bennett, Jr., love, inebriation, and an ill-timed visit to a particular stone fireplace) might raise a few eyebrows. Honestly, that is exactly what we are hoping for.


old dingbatIn 1866, the New York Tribune carried on its masthead a hand-drawn “dingbat”. Eventually, that little dingbat icon made its way to grace three other newspapers, landing atop The International Herald-Tribune in 1966, at the young age of 100 years. herald de paris dingbatThe IHT dropped the little dingbat in early 2008, which meant that 2009 might have been the first time in 143 years that the dingbat did not grace the top of some newspaper somewhere. So we rescued it.

We thought that instead of reproducing the dingbat in its antiquated form, we might instead revive a sample of it, just enough to carry on the tradition, a blatant, shameless nod to the bustling heyday of the newspaper industry. We are delighted that the New York Tribune’s 143-year-old dingbat, or at least a significant part of it, lives on. We have modernized the design, and set it off by placing it in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, to make it our own.