Honors College Theses

Publication Date



Modern Languages (B.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Dr. David Seaman


The French print media, “la presse”, are a diverse and rich method of mass communication. As media are a driving force behind the formation of public opinion, this study looks at the influential role of French print media on public opinion in France, a trend that began with the Dreyfus Affair in the late nineteenth century. Through investigating two relatively recent events and their place in French print media, the formation of the European Union and the millennial economic crisis, we can assess the durability of this trend into the modern era of mass communication. With worldwide newspaper readership declining and the onset of the 24-hour television news, do print media still influence French public opinion?