The Small Gironde
Daily newspaper of the Western Southern area, the Small Gironde was founded in 1872. Of moderate “republican” tendency--“liberal” one would say today--it belonged to the Gounouilhou family which lived close to Arcachon (Moulleau) in her villa Ker Maden or to the castle Climens (High Barsac). The newspaper drew on average with 170.000 specimens, sometimes with some 300.000 specimens. It had among his collaborators: Andre Maurois, Academician, Gaston Bénac, the ancestor of sporting journalism, Gerard Bauër, member of the Academy Goncourt, Andre Lamandé, novelist, Andre de Wissant, writer, Albert Puyou of Pouvourville, adventurous novelist, Raoul Monmarson, writer, Jean Bouzerand, journalist; Henri Amouroux, journalist and historian and of the policies like the senators Portmann, Capus (creative of AOC), Rene Caillier, Victor Lourties, Theodore Girard, Charles Chaumet; deputies such Jean Montigny, Emmanuel Bush, Georges Ponsot, former radical deputy.
June 23rd 1940, whereas the French government had taken refuge with Bordeaux, it is the small Gironde which announces the first the Armistice, beautiful a scoop which will not ensure him to survive the ordinances of the summer 1944 fixing at November 11th, 1942 (date of the scuttling of the Figaro) the deadline at the publication of the newspapers during the occupation. the Small Gironde which had continued to appear with beyond will be prohibited of republication to the Libération; it will yield its place to Southern West , launched on August 29th, 1944 by Jacques Lemoine founder of the family group which repurchased with the Monde in August 2007 the press group of the South ( free Midi , etc).
The printing works of the newspaper was installed in Bordeaux in the hotel of Cheverus built in 1739, for the marquis of Tresne, by the Portier architect. It had been bought in 1859 by the printer Gustave Gounouilhou which there installs its workshops and publishes the daily newspaper the Gironde then, in 1872, the Small Gironde . In 1879, the workshops are equipped with rotary printing-presses. Gounouilhou combined with Gustave Bourrageas will constitute an important press group. They will be also shareholders of the cinematographic firm Pathé.
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