Former Haaretz editor Dov Alfon has been named editor in chief of the French daily Liberation. Alfon was chosen by a majority of the newspaper’s workers.
A former editor in chief at Haaretz from 2008 to 2011, Alfon had a variety of posts at the paper among them culture editor and editor of the weekly news magazine.
He was a reporter for Haaretz locally and spent a stint as a correspondent in Paris. He also authored a recently published novel called "A Long Night in Paris."
Liberation is one of the most important French daily papers. Published since 1973, the newspaper identifies with the socialist left. After facing economic difficulties, it was purchased by French-Israeli billionaire Patrick Drahi’s Altice group in 2014. Drahi also owns Israel’s HOT cable and internet company and TV channel i24.
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Alfon had been appointed to run Liberation’s digital strategy in June. He is now promoted to editor by majority vote, with 188 newspaper workers voting in favor out of 222, and 19 opposing.
Liberation editor Laurent Joffrin resigned in June to enter politics. Joffrin said he intends to build a new left-wing slate to challenge French president Emanuel Macron.