Friday, July 17, 2015

Jean Lacouture, committed journalist, passionate biographer, dies – BBC

DISAPPEARANCE – The writer died Thursday, July 16 at the age of 94. Strong supporter of decolonization, he devoted monumental biographies to great characters of the twentieth century, which have propelled him to the front of the French intellectual scene.

The writer and journalist Jean Lacouture, died Thursday, July 16 at the age of 94, was a strong supporter of decolonization before devoting monumental biographies to the great figures of the twentieth century, the propelled to the front of the French intellectual scene.

Blum, Nasser, Mauriac, Malraux, Ho Chi Minh, Mendes France, Champollion, de Gaulle and François Mitterrand, but the ethnographer Germaine Tillion have round in turn been the subjects of his impassioned biographies.

Born June 9, 1921 in Bordeaux, Jean Lacouture, a graduate of the Free School of Political Sciences in Paris, became the press officer of General Leclerc in the end of the Second World War.

He discovered Indochina, where he attended the big players in the struggle for independence, General Giap in Ho Chi Minh City.

Jean Lacouture then went to Morocco, writes the speeches of Marshal June, then became a journalist. Collaborator Combat, France-Soir and Le Nouvel Observateur, he is Head of Service Overseas and reporter for the World from 1957 to 1975.

He then became a prolific biographer, sometimes controversial, and one observer passionate about his age. He is the author of sixty books devoted to great historical figures, but also to rugby, the Egyptologist Champollion, President Kennedy, to Stendhal and Montesquieu.

Professor at the Institute of Political Studies of Paris (1969-1972), he published from 1984 to 1986 an extensive biography of De Gaulle in three volumes, and in 1991-92 a monumental history of the Jesuits, welcomed by many experts.

Jean Lacouture was a Commander of the Legion of Honor. He received the award ambassadors in 1986 to one of his books on de Gaulle, and the Grand History Prize of the French Academy in 2003.

When it was not Paris, he loved living in his house in Roussillon (Vaucluse), with views of the ocher cliffs and Mont Ventoux.


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