Al Jazeera to launch French language channel
By Robert Briel
March 14, 2012 16.07 Europe/London

Al Jazeera is planning to launch a French language news channel in 2013, writes Le Parisien-Aujourd’hui en France.

The news does not come as a surprise, as Al Jazeera is in the process of acquiring football rights for both the French league and international tournaments to broadcast within France.

With Arab and English news services on air, launching a French language 24/7 news channels seems like a natural evolution.

The as yet unconfirmed channel follows the announcement by Al Jazeera Sport that is has acquired the live rights to the Spanish football Liga for broadcasts in France for an amount of €20 million – beating Canal+’s offer.