About Us

L’Observateur is published online twice a week, on Wednesday and Saturday, and distributed on Wednesday throughout the River Parishes area covering St. John the Baptist, St. Charles and St. James parishes. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

L’Observateur is located at 116 Newspaper Drive, LaPlace, LA 70068.

We can be reached by phone at 985-652-9545. Fax is 985-652-1633. Email the news department at brooke.robichaux@lobservateur.com.  Advertising information or requests can be sent to christine.browning@lobservateur.com.



L’Observateur is delivered by mail. Current charges are $51.06 annually in St. John Parish. Out of parish mail delivery is $74.91 annually.

Contact our circulation department at 985-652-9545 or for more information or email christine.browning@lobservateur.com.



L’Observateur locally distributes approximately 2,400 papers a week.  River Parishes Magazine is distributed quarterly. A variety of digital advertising is available including lobservateur.com and extended reach.


Staff List

Christine Browning : General Manager

Christine Browning

General Manager

Brooke Robichaux Cantrelle : News Editor

Brooke Robichaux Cantrelle

News Editor

Diane Browning : Administrative Assistant

Diane Browning

Administrative Assistant

Gene Franques : Media Consultant/Photographer

Gene Franques

Media Consultant/Photographer

Gene Franques, the owner of two local businesses, has a unique perspective of understanding what it takes compete in our ever changing world. He can help you get the exposure you need to grow your business.

LaPlace NewsMedia, LLC offers a wide variety of print and digital products including L'OBSERVATEUR, River Parishes Magazine, online quizzes & contests, lobservateur.com, targeted display, website development and much more.

For more information call 985-652-9545 or 504-234-2665.

Email: gene.franques@lobservateur.com


Debbie Bailey : Circulation

Debbie Bailey


Gary Wayne Dupré : Administrative Assistant, Memoriam

Gary Wayne Dupré

Administrative Assistant, Memoriam