The company is primarily engaged in the publishing sector. It has been in existence for more than 150 years, from Louis Hachette's intuitive developments in the 19th century to the digital revolution. It was incorporated in 1980. The company has a registered office located in Paris, France.It is a world-class pure-play media group led by Arnaud Lagardère. The company operates in nearly 40 countries and is structured around four distinct complementary divisions: Lagardère Publishing - Book and e-Publishing; Lagardère Active - Press, Audiovisual (Radio, Television, Audiovisual production), Digital activities and Advertising Sales Brokerage; Lagardère Services - Travel Retail and Press Distribution; and Lagardère Unlimited - Sport Industry and Entertainment.It owns a 7.5 percent stake in EADS, over which it exercises joint control with the company's other shareholders. EADS was created in July 2000 following the merger of Aerospatiale Matra, DaimlerChrysler Aerospace AG (Dasa) and Construcciones Aeronáuticas SA (CASA).The company has a worldwide presence: North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.
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