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Christine Ockrent

  Journalist ( April 24, 1944).Christine Ockrent was born in Brussels in 1944, the daughter of a diplomat. She studied International Relations at the Institut d’études politiques in Paris, graduating in 1965. She then joined the American television channel CBS as a news journalist on the 60 Minutes programme. She moved to the French channel Europe 1 as presenter of the breakfast news, moving to Antenne 2 in 1981, where she presented the flagship evening news, Le Journal de 20h with Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, the first woman to do so. In 1985, she moved to sister channel TF1 as Deputy CEO, returning to her previous job in 1988. Since 1990, she has been Editor-in-Chief of the weekly news magazine L’Express, as well as the presenter of late-night political discussion programmes on FR3, including Dimanche Soir, France Europe Express and Duel sur la 3. She has written a controversial biography of the journalist Françoise Giroud, and is a member of the think-tank Centre for European Reform. She has also been a member of various ad hoc committees, including those for the French-American Foundation and for co-ordinating the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. She has lived for many years with Bernard Kouchner, CEO of Médecins Sans Frontières who became Minister of Foreign Affairs under President Sarkozy in 2007. Their son Alexandre was born in 1986. In 2007 she was appointed an Officier de la Légion d’honneur by President Sarkozy and an Officier de l’Ordre du Roi Léopold by King Albert II.

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