Le Huffington Post Heads to France

First foreign-language HuffPo launch

The Huffington Post is launching a French-language edition, in partnership with Le Monde Group and holding company Les Nouvelles Editions Indépendantes.

HuffPo’s editor-in-chief, Arianna Huffington, says that the new site—which will be called Le Huffington Post—will be up and running by the end of 2011. It will “be deeply rooted in French culture and run by French journalists,” she wrote on her blog. “It will, like France itself, have a very distinct personality—its own way of approaching the world.”

The new site will use Le Monde’s “local editorial resources” and intends to hire a French editorial team, including a French editor-in-chief and eight local journalists, according to Forbes. Le Monde’s advertising team, M Publicité, is also expected to monetize the French Huffington Post.

This is the third international launch for the Huffington Post this year, after setting up editions in the U.K. and Canada. The AFP reports that Arianna Huffington has also announced plans for future versions in Brazil, Spain, Germany, Japan, Italy, and Turkey.

AOL bought the Huffington Post for $315 million earlier this year; since then the site has launched 21 new sections, including Huff/Post50, HuffPost Gay Voices, HuffPost Weddings, and HuffPost High School, which were announced last week. It has also announced two new local sites, HuffPost Detroit and HuffPost Miami, to be launched in November.