THE ELLE REPORT: Francoise-Marie Santucci has been named editorial director at French Elle, effective Sept. 25.
Santucci, who had resigned from Libération’s Next magazine earlier this month, is to succeed Valérie Toranian, who had been editorial director at the weekly fashion magazine for 13 years.
Lagardère Active, the multimedia division of Lagardère that owns French Elle, said Santucci embodies the “necessary critical distance and sensitivity to the zeitgeist at the heart of the magazine’s values and cardinal points: society and fashion.”
It added that “Toranian managed to reinvent the magazine: it undeniably remained the reference of women’s magazines, and made its voice heard in the public debate.”
The change in editorial leadership comes amidst a major restructuring at the French media group. Lagardère sold 10 publications earlier this year, including French women’s magazine Be.
In 2013, paid circulation of Elle in France was 369,965, down from 383,905 in 2012, according to France’s Audit Bureau.