draws 1.2 mil visitors first month


PARIS -- Gallic world news channel France's 24's website attracted over 1.2 million visitors in its first month according to Mediametrie/NetRatings figures.

Visitors to the site in December came from over 200 countries, led by France with 35% of web visitors followed by the U.S. (26%), the U.K. (8%) and Canada (5%).

In all, 5.2% of active Internet users visited the site, which exists in English, French and Arabic, an average of 2.5 times per month for an average session of 10 minutes.

The figures place in 8th place among "Current Events & Global News websites."

The total number of pages viewed came to over 15 million and site visitors were predominantly men (73%) over 35 years (77%).

France 24 launched on the Internet on Dec. 7 last year before beginning its cable, satellite and ADSL broadcast in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, New York and Washington.

The "French CNN" reaches over 80 million households across the globe, or around 190 million viewers.