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Is the International Herald Tribune about to breathe its last?

It was unforgettable in À Bout de Souffle. But as its owner retrenches, the Trib is looking less and less loved

The International Herald Tribune isn’t what it was, to be sure: it’s the kind of history-steeped publication that can never escape its romanticised past (featuring, among other things, Jean Seberg in a memorable T-shirt). But will there be an IHT to grow sentimental over much longer? The New York Times, which owns it now, is progressively putting its outposts of empire up for sale. A majority stake in the Boston Red Sox, a regional paper group, the Boston Globe? Two gone already – and offers for the Globe clearly welcome.

Which leaves the Trib looking very vulnerable as senior editors are called back from Paris to other jobs in New York. It doesn’t make money. It struggles to keep circulation over 200,000 worldwide. And, crucially, it doesn’t have a website of its own: that’s lost in the great Times online maw.

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