France Messagerie, a key stakeholder in press distribution in France

Created on 1 July 2020 at the initiative of the Coopérative de Distribution des Quotidiens, France Messagerie is a press distribution company approved by Arcep.

Based in Paris (head office) and Bobigny (operating site), France Messagerie’s teams ensure the daily distribution of magazines and all national daily newspapers to 21,000 newsagents in France and abroad.

A unique expertise

France Messagerie has unique expertise: in addition to the distribution of magazines and non-press products – such as encyclopaedias for example – it is the only company that distributes national daily newspapers in France. The teams work 7 days a week, 364 days a year* and at night.

It is this expertise that enables the distribution of the press, every day of the year, throughout the country.

*May 1st is the only day of the year when newspapers are not distributed.

France Messagerie has an international ambition with expertise in launching new titles and developing your current distribution in France and abroad.

France Messagerie is active on 3 fronts thanks to its dedicated teams and its experience and knowledge at the international level (advice on copy management, pricing, sales analysis):

  • France Messagerie Export to export French press abroad (dailies, magazines and collectibles) to 50 markets in partnership with a loyal network of press distributors
  • New CCEI to import and to distribute Foreign press throughout France. We are the leading player in the distribution of Foreign printed press in France with more than 500 titles.
  • For more than 20 years, New Export Press exports more than 250 luxury magazines in 60 different countries across the world in partnership with 100 distributors. Publishers of all around the world entrust us with the export of their titles for the quality and diversity of our specialized networks. Export Press adapts to your needs and offers a tailor-made service to build a unique positioning for your title. The logistics hub is based on 2 warehouses, one in France and one in the UK, ensuring flexibility for the publisher.

The commercial teams

They support publishers in the promotion and development of their titles.

The account managers are the dedicated contacts for publishers: publishers of daily newspapers, magazines, non-press titles – such as encyclopaedias – or even import titles.

They organise the distribution of the titles entrusted to them.

To meet their customers’ requirements in terms of number of items, deadlines and prices, the account managers use the full potential of France Messagerie’s distribution tools. They advise on the numbers to be distributed and on the types of shops to be targeted according to the title’s characteristics and the publisher’s objectives.

The logistics teams

They manage the physical, informational and financial flows, the planning and distribution of magazines, daily newspapers and encyclopaedias. This unique expertise enables the 21,000 newsagents in France to be delivered before 7am every morning.

The Bobigny site handles the preparation and shipment of national dailies to regional distribution centres 7 days a week. It also prepares orders for export, restocking and import activities. The Bonneuil site prepares and ships publications to regional distribution centres.

The network relationship managers support the depositaries on a daily basis in their tasks of managing outgoing and return flows.

The information systems teams

They work every day to provide publishers, depositaries and newsagents with data relating to the logistical, informational and financial flows of distribution.

They develop and maintain a complete information system and indicator statements for all stakeholders in the press distribution sector.

Web portal for retailers, Pressmine, SP3+ and Sprint are all tools that can be accessed via a simple Internet connection and used on a daily basis by all the parties involved in the industry.

The finance teams

They manage all financial flows between publishers and regional depositaries.

As an approved press distribution company, France Messagerie has an obligation to act as del credere. It guarantees the payment of sales of titles made through depositaries and distributors.

To secure the sums due to publishers, France Messagerie has set up a trust. The sums due to publishers are paid into an account created for this purpose and administered by a certified trustee. Nicknamed the “Queen of Security” by the business world, it is the most effective mechanism in terms of security.

Key figures

250+

experienced and skilled people committed to press distribution in France

21,000

newsagents served throughout the country 7 days a week

900,000

units of magazines and daily newspapers delivered every day

A company committed to journalists

France Messagerie is committed to Reporters Sans Frontières by providing free distribution of the three annual issues with a print-run of over 80,000 copies.

France Messagerie’s governance

France Messagerie is a simplified joint stock company.
Its sole shareholder is the Coopérative de Distribution des Quotidiens (CDQ).

A strategic committee determines the direction of France Messagerie’s activities and oversees their implementation.
It is made up of representatives of the daily press and magazine groups that have signed a grouping contract with France Messagerie through a cooperative press grouping company.

France Messagerie’s chairman is appointed for three years from among the representatives of the daily press groups. For the period 2020 – 2023, the chairman of France Messagerie is Louis Dreyfus, CEO of Le Monde.

An executive committee ensures the operational implementation of the company’s strategy.

The Executive Committee

Chief Executive Officer

Sandro Martin

Sandro Martin begins his career in 2012 at the General Directorate of the Treasury within the French Ministry of Finance. In 2015, he joins the cabinet of the Minister of the Economy as a Europe and International advisor. In 2016, he becomes a member of the campaign team and then head of the Ideas and Europe Department of LREM.
In 2020, Sandro Martin joins the Presstalis Group as project director and member of the executive committee. When France Messagerie is created in July 2020, he is appointed Deputy Managing Director. Since February 1, 2021, he is Chief Executive Officer of France Messagerie.
Sandro is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris and holds a Masters in Economics and Public policies from Sciences Po Paris – Ecole polytechnique – ENSAE.

Commercial Director

Nathalie Sönnichsen

Nathalie Sönnichsen débute sa carrière aux NMPP – devenues ensuite Presstalis- en 1990. Elle y occupe différentes fonctions au sein de la direction commerciale  parmi lesquelles responsable du développement, responsable grands comptes, ou encore directrice commerciale adjointe. En 2018, elle est nommée directrice des relations éditeurs. En octobre 2020 elle est nommée directrice commerciale de France Messagerie.
Nathalie est diplômée de l’Institut Supérieur gestion.

Logistics Director

Stéphane Salazar

Stéphane Salazar démarre sa carrière en 1997 au sein du groupe DB Schenker. En 2001 il est nommé Directeur d’Agence à Hambach avant de devenir Product Manager Logistics France en 2005 (logistique contractuelle).
Il rejoint le Groupe Presstalis en décembre 2014 en qualité de Directeur de la Société d’Agences et de Diffusion (SAD). En 2017, il devient directeur de la Supply Chain du Groupe. En avril 2020, il est nommé Directeur Logistique et intègre le comité exécutif. En juillet 2020, il est nommé Directeur Logistique de France Messagerie.
Stéphane est diplômé de l’IPAG Nice.

Information Systems Director

Martine Bolâtre

Martine Bolâtre débute sa carrière en 1990 aux NMPP. Elle occupe des postes de chef de projet informatique, chargée de mission, acheteuse et consultante SAP pour les domaines logistique ou financier. En 2009 elle prend la responsabilité du domaine commercial au sein de la direction des systèmes d’information puis l’ensemble des domaines fonctionnels : commercial , finance et logistique.
Nommée en janvier 2020 à la tête de la DSI de Presstalis, Martine Bolâtre prend la direction des systèmes d’information de France Messagerie à la création de l’entreprise.
Martine est diplômée de l’INSA de Lyon

Financial Director

Thomas Liébel

Thomas Liébel débute sa carrière professionnelle en tant qu’adjoint au DAF dans le groupe CBV Ingénierie en 1995.
En 2000 il rejoint France Loisirs en tant que Chef de Projet SAP Finance.
Il intègre en 2001 le Groupe Geodis en qualité de Contrôleur de Gestion opérationnel ; en 2008 il devient Directeur Administratif et Financier de Geodis Logistique France. En 2014 il est nommé Directeur du Contrôle de Gestion et de l’Audit de Fret SNCF. Il a rejoint France Messagerie en novembre 2020 pour prendre la direction financière.
Thomas est titulaire d’un Master 2 de Finance d’entreprise de Paris Dauphine.

Legal Director

Lorraine Bouziat Appert 

Lorraine Bouziat-Appert débute sa carrière professionnelle en tant que juriste chez DB Schenker en 2000. Elle occupe ensuite successivement les postes de Responsable Juridique et Assurance pour la France puis Responsable Risk management pour l’Europe de l’Ouest. En 2014 elle est nommée Directrice Juridique et Risk Management sur la zone Europe de l’Ouest.
Elle rejoint en 2016 le Groupe CEVA Logistics en tant que Directrice Juridique, Risk Management et Compliance. Elle devient en 2018 Directrice Juridique et Ressources Humaines. En septembre 2020, elle rejoint France Messagerie en tant que directrice juridique.
Lorraine est diplômée d’une Maîtrise en droit des affaires à la Sorbonne.

Human Resources Director

Arnaud Bartolomei

Arnaud Bartolomei débute sa carrière professionnelle en 2005 en tant que consultant ressources humaines et formation à EDF. En 2006, Il devient responsable ressources humaines chez Quinta Industries. Il rejoint CBS Outdoor sur la fonction de HR Business Partner en 2011. Il intègre ensuite l’entreprise Fauchon dès 2013 en tant que Directeur des Ressources Humaines, fonction qu’il occupe également chez Coriolis Télécom depuis 2018. En décembre 2020, il rejoint France Messagerie pour prendre la direction des Ressources Humaines
Arnaud est titulaire d’un Master 2 en ressources humaines et relations du travail.