Ethnologist and founder of the Laboratory for political studies and analysis mapping (Lépac), Jean-Christophe Victor, was aged 69 years.
Jean-Christophe Victor, an expert in geopolitics and the creator of the tv show “Le dessous des cartes” on Arte, died Wednesday, December 28, in Montpellier (Hérault), at the age of 69 years.
Born may 30, 1947, Jean-Christophe Victor is the son of the polar explorer Paul-Emile Victor and by the tv journalist Eliane Victor. After a phd in ethnology and a degree in chinese at the institute of oriental languages (Inalco), he held several diplomatic posts in Asia. His first book, The City of whispers (1986, J.-C. Lattès), is devoted to his experience in Afghanistan.
Between 1980 and 1989, the expert in international relations, joined the center for analysis and prediction (CAP) of the ministry of foreign affairs. He also participated in the foundation of the association Action against hunger, in the wake of the afghan crisis.
Twenty-six years of issue
After co-founding, in 1988, the european Observatory of geopolitics, with Michel Foucher, Jean-Christophe Victor develops in 1990 an issue of geopolitics, ” The Dessous des cartes “, first broadcast on The Seven and then on the franco-German channel Arte. During twenty-six years of age, he presents the weekly magazine that relies on maps of geography to analyze international relations.
In parallel, he founded, in 1992, the Laboratory for political studies and analysis mapping (Lépac) with Virginie Raisson. Teacher and lecturer, he conducts seminars and training in universities or private companies throughout the world. Jean-Christophe Victor is also the author of several books of geopolitics, the last of which, Le Dessous des cartes Asia,, was released in September, editions Taillandier.
An “emblem” of Arte
Arte praised, on Thursday, in a press release the memory of the expert who ” has shared the daily life of the chain since its creation and has contributed closely to shape the image “ to become a ” emblem “. The president of Arte France Véronique Cayla, recalled ” its intellectual and human qualities outside the norm “.
The minister of national education, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, has paid tribute on Twitter to the founder of the ” Dessous des cartes “, noting that ” knowledge and the transmission was his passion “.
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