Instead of making the headlines, prominent French personalities wrote them to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the elite Ecole Nationale d'Administration post-graduate school for civil servants.
Sixty-four ENA graduates took part. Yet, although well-informed, the new reporters seemed to come up with fewer scoops than a normal edition of Les Echos.
The Foreign Minister, Herve de Charette, wrote an article entitled "Exports represent a real mine for jobs," while the Justice Minister, Jacques Toubon, wrote about reforms to French subsidised housing.
One of the more thoughtful articles was a review by the Bank of France governor, Jean-Claude Trichet, of John Kenneth Galbraith's book A Journey through Economic Time. Mr Trichet praised him as "a master of the art of communication".
The leftist daily Liberation had a more irreverent tribute, publishing what it joked were questions at a typical ENA oral exam, where a self- confidence is as highly prized as knowledge.
To the question "What was South Korea's steel production in 1992?" it reckoned that a bluff from someone who did not know like "Yes, of course. Flat or rolled steel?" would win as many points as the right answer.