Did you know? Le Figaro is named after opera man

Front page of Le Figaro, August 4 1914

The names of most newspapers relate to a geographical region, a time of day or have some relevance to giving out the news of the moment. An exception is France’s oldest national daily and one of the top selling papers, Le Figaro, which takes its name from literature.

It is called after the leading character in The Marriage of Figaro, a play written by Pierre Beaumarchais and first performed in 1784 and then turned into an opera with music by Mozart in 1786. It was a sequel to a first play, which also featured Figaro, The Barber of Seville.

Beaumarchais was a fierce critic of the ...

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