Who runs the show: François Marot, Editor
Name of the Game: National Geographic France
When it all started: October 1999
Where it all happens: Paris, France
Who makes it happen: A total of eight people including the editor
What goes out: Between 200,000 and 210,000 issues a month in France plus 40,000 more in Belgium and Canada
Best stress reliever: "On Fridays all the people from the magazine—plus any freelancers or interns who are around—get together for drinks in my office. It gives us an opportunity to socialize and get to know each other. And when positive results come in on the current issue, we have all the more reason to celebrate."
What’s great about the French: "We’re known for having very tough public discussions on politics. We can say whatever we like. ‘Political correctness’ makes it hard to do that in the United States or England, for example."
What’s great about France: "For our size we’re one of the most geographically varied countries in the world. France is surrounded by the English Channel, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea. We have mountain ranges, deserts, and huge forests. The country also benefits from the cultural influence of the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland."