20 minutes
TypeDaily newspaper
PublisherSchibsted, Ouest-France Group
Founded2002; 22 years ago (2002)
Circulation805,000 (Greater Paris)
ISSN1632-1022 (print)
2270-6658 (web)

20 minutes (pronounced [vɛ̃ minyt] vingt minutes) is a free, daily newspaper aimed at commuters in France. It is published by Schibsted and Ouest-France Group [fr].[1][2] 20 minutos, the Spanish version, is distributed by Schibsted and Zeta in Spain. In Switzerland, the French-language edition 20 minutes and the German-language edition 20 Minuten are published by Tamedia.

Rossel noted that the news outlet had 22.4 million monthly users[3] while ratings firm Médiamétrie reported in 2017 that it received 16 million unique users per month.[4] In Greater Paris, Ipsos and CESP confirmed a circulation of 805,000 with a readership of 2,339,000. 20 minutes claims that its readers are "young urban citizens (15–40 years old) that to a lesser extent consume traditional newspapers."

The French 20 minutes was launched in Paris on 15 March 2002, and spread to 11 other urban areas of France, including, in order of size, the cities of Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, Nice, Nantes, Strasbourg, Montpellier, Bordeaux, Lille, Rennes and Grenoble. Each edition includes both national pages and regional sections.

Since its launch, 20 minutes has led the market of free French newspapers.[5] In March 2014, due to the fall of advertising revenues (-6% en 2013), TF1 and Bolloré, owners of 20 minutes' competitors —Metronews and Direct Matin—, announced their willingness to buy 20 minutes and merge their activities.[6]

The name 20 minutes refers to the amount of time it should take one to read this daily newspaper.


  1. ^ Jenkins, Joy (September 24, 2020). "Publish less, but publish better: pivoting to paid in local news". Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. University of Oxford. Archived from the original on 2020-09-25. Retrieved 2021-10-15.
  2. ^ "France Media Guide 2008" (PDF). Intelligence Resource Program by the Federation Of American Scientists. Director of National Intelligence Open Source Center. 16 July 2008. pp. 27–32. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2021-10-08. Retrieved October 15, 2021.
  3. ^ "20 Minutes France". Rossel (in French). Retrieved 2023-03-02.
  4. ^ Davies, Jessica (October 12, 2017). "#Moijeune: How French newspaper 20 Minutes keeps millennials interested". Digiday. Retrieved October 15, 2021.
  5. ^ Julien Lalande. "Audiences de la presse quotidienne : "20 Minutes" et "Le Parisien/Aujourd'hui en France" leaders". Ozap.com (in French).
  6. ^ [1] RTL Archived 2014-03-14 at the Wayback Machine, "TF1" et Bolloré envisagent le rachat de "20 minutes"