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Claude Chirac, the daughter and longtime personal adviser of former French president Jacques Chirac, is about to join PPR.

STAR WARS?: Who said the old magazine publisher swagger was dead? When then-Details publisher Bill Wackermann was tapped as publisher of Glamour four years ago, his then-boss Mary Berner sent him off with a party at her home and a poster board she had the art department make up. It read, in large red letters, "2080": the all-time ad-page record for Glamour, which Berner set in 1997. Clearly a throwdown. After four years of keeping that poster board in his office, Wackermann recently sent it back to Berner, now chief executive of Reader's Digest Association, having bested her record with 2,088 pages. "I felt a little bit like Darth Vader with Obi-Wan," Wackermann told WWD. "Mary certainly was the Jedi Master, but it was a bit like the student has become the master." Much of the growth, he said, had come from fashion, reflecting greater mass interest in fashion brands with higher price points.

Berner said she was "delighted" to get the board back: "I totally expected him to do it." She reciprocated with a bottle of Champagne and a rhyming poem, though neither could remember its content beyond "Roses are red, violets are blue." As for reports Berner had gone after Wackermann in her raid on Condé Nast execs, she called it a rumor. "I didn't have anything that was right for him," she said. — Irin Carmon

It's looking increasingly unlikely that Emap, the London-based media group and parent of WGSN, Grazia, FHM and Retail Week, will have new owners by the end of the year. The company said in a first-half results statement Tuesday that it's been seeing "good interest from both private equity and trade buyers for all parts of the group." Emap said in July that it was launching a strategic review of the group. However, Alun Cathcart, executive chairman of the company, added Tuesday, "We hoped to complete [the review of the group] by the end of the year. If it takes a little longer than that to ensure that we get it all right and achieve good prices — so be it."
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