Biography

I report on African, Belgian and Dutch matters from Brussels and Paris, and travel extensively for RFI, Le Monde diplomatique, Politique internationale and La chronique d'Amnesty international. I currently hold the blog "Mots d'Afrique" for Le Monde diplomatique.  

As a Research Fellow for the Moroccan think tank Policy Center for the New South, I help on editing content and am in charge of the international press relations of the Atlantic Dialogues yearly conference (since 2017) in Marrakech. 

The blog Ideas for Development (ID4D) of the Agence française de développement (AFD), has posted many interviews with experts and academics I met around international conferences (2015-2018). 

I wrote for Slate Afrique (2011-2012) from its successful beginning. I covered extensively the "DSK affair" from Paris and New York after a scoop on Nafissatou Diallo, victim of Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Several cover stories on African politics were also published for Afrique Magazine (2011-2018) and I held the blog "Rues d'Afrique" for Rue89 (2013-2016).

As an Africa reporter for Libération in Paris (2009-2011), I was sent to Senegal, Mali, Guinea, Ivory Coast and South Africa. I contributed to special issues on South Africa before the 2010 Soccer World Cup and after Mandela's death in 2013. With my fellow-journalist Thomas Hofnung, we launched the blog "Posts Afrique".  

In Amsterdam, Netherlands, I corresponded for Libération, La Tribune and La Tribune de Genève, including "Accents d'Europe", a daily RFI radio broadcast (2005-2009), la Radio suisse romande and the monthly Alternatives Internationales. During an interim at the Foreign desk of Libération in 2007, I published from Sofia the first print press interview of Kristiana Valcheva, one of the nurses held prisoners in Libya, upon their release.

 

I corresponded from Johannesburg, South Africa (1998-2003), for Libération, La Tribune, La Tribune de Genève, L'Autre Afrique and the website of Radio France Internationale (RFI). I covered culture for Africultures, the ad industry for CBNews and economy for La Tribune, L'Expansion, La Lettre Afrique Expansion and Marchés Tropicaux et Méditerranéens

As a reporter for the Panafrican weekly L'Autre Afrique (1997-99), I covered the downfall of Mobutu in May 1997 in Kinshasa and worked on special issues on the diaspora in New York and London. 

BOOKS

• Sénégal, la pirogue des marchands (Nevicata, Bruxelles, Collection L'âme des peuples), Juin 2020

• Winnie Mandela, l'âme noire de l'Afrique du Sud, (Calmann-Levy, Paris 2007, with Stephen Smith) 

 

• Johannesburg : la fin de l'apartheid, et après ? (Autrement, Coll. Villes en mouvement, pictures by Andrew Tshabangu, Paris 2008)

•Afrique du Sud (Chêne, C'est le rêve, Paris 2010). 

• Une nouvelle Afrique du Sud ?

A new South Africa ?

Revue Africultures, Septembre 2001 

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