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Last Updated: Friday January 21 2005 16:36 GMT

French kids love their newspaper

Mon Quotidien
Kids in France can't get Newsround, but they do have their own news made by children, for children, Hugh Schofield reports from Paris.

Mon Quotidien (My Daily) is the world's only daily newspaper for kids, and it's been going for 10 years this January.

It's aimed at 10 to 14-year-olds, and, combined with its sister papers for other age groups, sells 200,000 copies every day.

For under half a euro (30p), kids get news, pictures, features and cartoons, and loads of them seem to love it.

Meeting at Mon Quotidien
Kids help out at meetings
In touch

To make sure they keep in touch with their audience, the editors are joined twice a week by three kids, who help decide what stories make it into print.

The principle is that there should be no more than 10 minutes' worth of reading material, which specialists say is realistic at the end of a school day.

Editor-in-chief Francois Dufour says the success of the paper is down to three things: kids who want to read news, parents who just want kids to read, and teachers who welcome anything they can use in their lessons.

Editor-in-chief Francois Dufour
Editor-in-chief Francois Dufour
Sister papers

Mon Quotidien has launched three other papers for different age groups: Le Petit Quotidien for eight to 10 year-olds, l'Actu for older teenagers, and most recently Quoti for very young readers.

In fact, Mon Quotidien is one of the few newspapers in France whose sales are not falling.






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