|First issue||1 October 1984|
Femme Actuelle was first published in October 1984. The magazine is part of Prisma Press, a subsidiary of the German media company Gruner + Jahr. It is published by Prisma Press on a weekly basis on Mondays. Prisma Press also owns other magazines, including Prima, Voici and VSD.
On 26 July 2010 Femme Actuelle started its pocket size edition in addition to its standard edition.
In 1988 Femme Actuelle sold nearly two million copies. The circulation of the magazine was 1,837,000 copies in 1991. It was the fifth best-selling magazine in France in 1999 with a circulation of 1,634,000 copies. The magazine had a circulation of 1,538,000 copies in 2001, making it the twelfth best-selling women's magazine worldwide.
In 2009 Femme Actuelle was the best-selling French women's magazine with a circulation of 927,420. The same year it was also the fourth best-selling weekly women magazine in Europe. In 2014 its circulation was 687,100 copies. In the period of 2017-2018 the paid circulation of the magazine was 580,249 copies.