Two major French electronic titles, Electronique and Electronique International are to merge. The result is a magazine called ElectroniqueS. 11 issues will be created per year with three specials.

The first edition will appear in January 2010.

The move by its publisher was anticipated and highlights the difficulty of running a weekly magazine in the age of instant online news.

That said, its rate card is still quite high and the rate card cost for a whole page advert is €8,200.

The new website is already up and running and will include a section for whitepapers in 2010.

The one unknown is staff. We understand that Francoise Grovalet will be retiring at the end of the year and the staff writer Pascal Wilhelm has already left the organisation.