In 2003, the German quality newspapers lost regular buyers. The drop of circulation was around 3% for Die Welt and the Frankfurter Rundschau and more than 1,5% for the Süddeutsche Zeitung and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). Figures were also bad for Bild, not precisely a quality newspaper. Conclusion: same trend in Germany and in France.
Source: Netzeitung (in German) and the Ifra newsletter.