During the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, the workers at the Sirven printworks in Toulouse decided to publish the war dispatches so that soldiers' wives could read news from the front. This was how La Dépêche du Midi newspaper started.
After the war the paper grew, broadening the scope of information it published. From that point on its influence continued to spread, partly because of the prestigious names who began to write for the paper, such as Jean Jaurès and Georges Clémenceau.
Historically linked to centre-left politics in Midi-Pyrénées, from the early 1900s La Dépêche du Midi became a company run by the Baylet family. Today it is one of France's largest regional dailies, with a workforce of around 1,000 staff. It produces local editions for Haute Garonne, Ariège, Aveyron, Gers, Lot, Hautes Pyrénées, Tarn, Tarn et Garonne, Aude and Lot et Garonne.
The tour takes you to the heart of where the newspaper is produced, through the different workshops, from the newsroom to the dispatch department via the printing technology room and rotary press hall.