aravinda wrote:I think both Gallimard (two imprints, La Pléide and Folio) and Le livre de poche would be broadly equivalent to Penguin etc.
Le Livre de Poche
Then there are several other publishers such as Pocket.
Thanks for this. I have the complete set of Proust's Récherche in La Pléide edition (bought in Montmartre in the 80s! the sales clerk called it simply La Récherche) and some volumns of it in the Folio edition. I prefer reading the Folio because its point size is easier on older eyes. Same publisher for a two-volume set of La Guerre et la Paix, easy to read and a sufficient number of backnotes.
My copy of Le Père Goriot by Balzac is Le Livre de Poche. Of adequate point size and with adequate (but not overwhelming) explanatory footnotes. Most French novels that I buy are from Le Livre de Poche.