PARIS — Emmanuel Poncet has stepped down as editor of GQ France and will leave the the magazine’s publisher Condé Nast France, the company has confirmed.
Condé Nast said it would name a new editor to the magazine in early March.
Industry sources had told WWD that Poncet’s departure was imminent, as reported. A former music columnist for the left-leaning French daily Libération, Poncet joined GQ nearly a decade ago as a deputy editor. Poncet took the reins as editor in chief in 2013, when his predecessor Anne Boulay left to helm another Condé Nast title, the newly launched French edition of Vanity Fair.
In a statement, Condé Nast’s president for France Xavier Romatet thanked Poncet for his service to the title and for working to diversify the magazine’s activities though online content, special editions, and events.
GQ France also saw the departure of deputy editor Séverine Pierron in December. Pierron worked for five years as a journalist for the French edition of Glamour before joining the magazine.
The French web site PresseNews reported last week that Condé Nast France had been unsatisfied with the performance of GQ France, which was launched in 2008, and was planning to revamp the title with a new editorial direction.
GQ France’s monthly paid circulation averaged 102,445 for the period July 2015 through June 2016 — down 0.88 percent versus the year prior, according to Alliance pour les Chiffres de la Presse et des Médias, France’s circulation audit bureau.
In his preface to the March issue of GQ France, which features Robert Redford on the cover, Poncet launched a series of barbs at a “guy he knew in a former life” — which sources said alluded to his former bosses at Condé Nast.