But the buying of the newspaper did stir up a serious discussion within the De Rothschild family, reveals Philippe baron de Rothschild in an exclusive interview with Quote, which was published in our January edition.
‘There has been quite some discussion about the takeover of Libération by my uncle Édouard baron de Rothschild’, says Philippe. ‘Some family members wanted to block the purchase, because the medium would make us a political force. We wanted to avoid that at all cost. We have no interest in politics, at least not towards the outside world. In the end, the critics within our family were overruled.’
The interview with the De Rothschild descendant took place in his office at the Champs-Élysées, quite some time before the terrorist attacks : ‘People will always remain jealous.’