Journalistic Drivel Goes International: Are You Ready for Le Huffington Post?

Posted by on Jan 18, 2012 at 9:10 pm

That whole AOL-Huffington Post merger has gone so swimmingly, why not take the sinking ship international! And who better to install as editor to make a splash than the humiliated wife of DSK?

The Huffington Post’s French-language edition is set to launch next week under the editorial directorship of Anne Sinclair, wife of former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, part of an ambitious drive by the online news and commentary website to expand its international offering.

The website’s founder, Arianna Huffington, is slated to be in the French capital on Monday to inaugurate the site under the brand Le Huffington Post, the group said in a statement. For Ms. Sinclair, who not so long ago looked as if she might be the next first lady of France, the move represents a return to her journalistic roots.

The website’s success will depend largely on her ability to attract high-profile contributors to the site. To this end, Ms. Sinclair has already been contacting well-known personalities in France to gauge their interest, said a person familiar with the project.

Yes, just what the French audience is craving, something similar to the psychotic rantings of celebrity (ahem) journalist, such as the esteemed Alec Baldwin.

France isn’t the Huffington Post’s only foreign-language project. In December Promotora de Informaciones SA, Spain’s largest media group by sales, said its flagship newspaper, El Pais, will join AOL to launch a Spanish-language version of the Huffington Post.

Psychobabble in three languages. Wonderful

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