PARIS Jan 23 French media group Lagardere
has received three preliminary offers for the
magazines it has put up for sale and expects firm offers by Feb.
15, French daily Le Figaro reported on Thursday.
Lagardere said in October it planned to sell 10 magazine
titles to focus on growing its most strategic brands online,
such as the French edition of "Elle". Titles for sale include
popular Psychologies Magazine, Be and Premiere, and several home
and decoration magazines.
Didier Quillot, former head of Lagardere Active, a division
of the group which launched Be, made a bid, as did Marc Laufer
whose media group NewsCo acquired 01 Net and 01 Business from
NextRadio TV, the newspaper said.
The third offer came from Pascale Chevalier, head of Reworld
Media, which owns magazine Marie France and whose bid is backed
by investment funds Truffle and Idinvest, it said.
Le Figaro said the price tag was likely to be small as
Lagardere would finance departures as part of a law in France
that allows journalists to resign with compensation when the
ownership of their publication changes.
Lagardere did not respond to a request for comment.
(Reporting by Astrid Wendlandt and Benjamin Mallet; Editing by