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Christine Ockrent

Christine Ockrent


Christine Ockrent served as both producer and anchor of the weekly current affairs program France Europe Express on France 3 Television.

She is president of the advisory board of METRO International France, and a columnist for French and Swiss newspapers.

Born into a family of diplomats, Christine Ockrent is a graduate of The Institute of Political Studies in Paris. She began her career as a journalist for American television when she made her career televisual ‘scoop’ in 1979. While going to interview in prison a former Prime Minister for the Shah of Iran a few days before her execution.

Previously she was editor in chief of the weekly news magazine, L’Express, the only journalist granted an interview with Saddam Hussein in the middle of the Gulf War. She has had an outstanding career in television, both as producer of documentaries and anchor of the evening news, where she shaped a style as the first woman presenter and editor.

Ms. Ockrent was also deputy director general of TF1 Television and an editor with RTL Radio. She began her career in broadcast journalism at NBC News and worked for eight years at CBS’ 60 Minutes. She has been awarded several French and international distinctions for her work in TV journalism.

She is a graduate of the Institut d’études politiques in Paris and studied at Cambridge University.

She has written eight books, one of which translated in German (“Wie Julius Caesar den Euro erfand” Rowohlt).

Christine Ockrent is also the author of eight books, Chevalier of the Legion of Honour and member of the board of directors of Reporters without borders, she is married to Bernard Kouchner, a senior French Minister and founder, organizer and president of ‘Médecins sans Frontières’ (1971-1979); and of Médecins du Monde – a non-profit-making organisation whose members, all voluntary and doctors and nurses, help in times of emergency and situations of inadequate medical care in the third world (1980-1988).


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