Rodolphe Saadé, the rising force of the media
Some conflicts require knowing how to take the height. To settle the one who opposed them for many months, the CEO of CMA-CGM, Rodolphe Saadé, and the founder of Free, Xavier Niel, find themselves seated side by side several thousand meters above sea level, in the presidential plane flying over the Mediterranean in the direction of Algiers, at the end of August.
This airy tete-a-tete, preceded by a long mediation undertaken by the legal representative Marc Sénéchal, allowed the two billionaires, who each wanted to buy the Marseille daily ” Provence “, to sign the armistice. Xavier Niel has agreed to leave the newspaper in the hands of his cabin neighbor, in return for the creation of a joint printing works between “La Provence” and ” Nice morning “ which the boss of Free owns. “We discussed and we reached an agreement. Putting a printing plant between Marseille and Nice was the solution, a real industrial solution for both parties,” says Xavier Niel.