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If I wanted to discuss the current state of the publishing industry in France, I might consider a number of ideas, including:
I used a combination of resources to begin to address this question. The library databases I searched included ABI Inform, Lexis Nexis, Communication and Mass Media Complete, LISTA, ebrary, and our library catalog. I also used an encyclopedia of associations to find the names of library and publishing trade groups in France, to see what they had to say on the matter.
I found a lot of different kinds of information: articles from US, UK and French newspapers; trade publications and white papers from French organizations; a French Law that regulates the book trade; information about a court case between Amazon dot com and Hachette (a French publisher); and an industry survey.