The FAZ cares about its readers

I really like the FAZ, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (“Frankfurt general newspaper”). As its name says, it is based in Frankfurt and has a national audience in Germany. It is quite conservative and has a strong focus on the economy, which is why I prefer it to, for instance, the Süddeutsche Zeitung (South German newspaper, based in Munich).

As I was browsing the website, I read an article about Nicolas Sarkozy called “Sarkozy’s truths” published on October 28th. The article mistakenly mentioned that the work time reduction to 35 hours a week in France had been voted when Francois Mitterand  was president, although this had been done in 1997 when Jacques Chirac was the head of state.

I took the freedom to send them an email to correct that online and heard nothing from them… Until someone (thanks Cécile and Mom !) noticed that the paper had published an erratum signed under my name on November 11th in its paper version and told me. I was really surprised because I never thought it would be published. I thought they would correct the online version and move on, but  I officially published something in the FAZ now 🙂

The conclusion of that is that the FAZ is accurate in its content, but should reward the attentive readers by telling them that they were published !

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