Mathilde Goanec

Diplômé de l'IUT de Lannion, en Bretagne, j'ai été journaliste pigiste pendant dix ans. A l'étranger tout d'abord (en Asie centrale et en Ukraine pendant 4 ans), puis à Paris. Des collaborations tous azimuts jusqu'à Mediapart que j'ai rejoint pour de bon en mars 2015. Je suis en charge de l’Éducation nationale et de l'Enseignement supérieur, après un passage au service politique et cinq ans passés au sein du pôle social-travail. Je suis également déléguée du personnel et depuis 2021 déléguée syndicale CGT de Mediapart.




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  • Row after French authorities demand data on pupils absent from school during Muslim festival


    The revelation that dozens of schools in southern France were asked to provide data on the number of pupils who had been absent during the festival of Eid has sparked controversy. Some of the schools involved refused, fearing that the demand was a form of discrimination. Senior education officials who had appeared to support the requests later backtracked, telling schools they did not have to comply with them. Meanwhile the Ministry of the Interior has got itself in a tangle trying to explain the reasons for requesting this data. Mathilde Goanec reports.

  • When compulsory education in French schools no longer seems quite so compulsory

    France — Opinion

    Ministers have made it clear that some schools may have to close in the mornings this winter if France undergoes selective power cuts to cope with energy demand. Coming three years after the first Covid lockdowns, when schools were systematically closed, this policy once again raises questions over the priority being given to ensuring that France's schools remain open and that pupils keep learning. In this op-ed article, Mediapart's education correspondent Mathilde Goanec argues that the universal principle of compulsory education for all is now coming under constant attack.

  • Mykolaiv and Dnipro: a tale of two cities under attack

    Europe — Report

    The true toll of civilian casualties in the war in Ukraine remains unclear, with estimates ranging from 17,000 dead and wounded (according to UN figures) to more than 40,000 dead (according to the US military). Following Ukraine’s recapture earlier this month of the southern city of Kherson, Russia has intensified its missile strikes across the country, many of them landing on civilian areas. Mediapart’s Mathilde Goanec reports here from two cities targeted by the attacks: Mykolaiv, in the south-east, close to the Black Sea, and Dnipro, in the centre-south.

  • French presidential elections: how the imponderable of turnout can upset poll predictions

    France — Analysis

    France goes to the polls on Sunday in the first round of presidential elections, when the two highest-placed candidates out of a total of 12 will move on to the final deciding round on April 24th. While opinion surveys see a tightening race, with the far-right's Marine Le Pen closing in on Emmanuel Macron's lead, and radical-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon lying third, one of the key factors that can sway the outcome is turnout, a regular imponderable in French elections and which, as in the past, may yet upset poll predictions. Mathilde Goanec reports.

  • French Left divisions deepen ahead of April presidential elections

    France — Analysis

    Unable to unite around a single candidate for France’s presidential elections in April, France’s profoundly divided broad Left faces a trouncing at the polls. Its stand-alone candidates were joined at the weekend by Christiane Taubira, an icon for some among the socialist movement, whose bid threatens to further splinter the leftwing vote. Fabien Escalona and Mathilde Goanec report.

  • French teachers denounce ‘infernal’ conditions in schools amid pandemic


    French school teachers and education staff held a crippling strike and nationwide protest marches last Thursday over what they say are chaotic and unsafe working conditions brought about by ever-changing, last-minute anti-Covid measures imposed without consultation by the education ministry, and which they too often learn about from the media. Mathilde Goanec has been hearing from teachers and local councils about their nigh impossible mission amid the government’s determination to keep schools open.

  • Why voters in one corner of France are quietly turning their back on politics

    France — Report

    The Bas-Rhin département or county in north-east France, which borders Germany, is dominated politically by the Right and far-right. Mediapart visited the region to test the mood on the ground and found that more and more local people, and especially those in rural areas, are choosing to abstain from voting. Quietly, and with no fanfare, swathes of people in this area are saying a discreet farewell to the world of politics. Mathilde Goanec reports from the towns of Drusenheim and Haguenau.

  • Islamophobia and the shyness of the French Left


    A number of Muslim organisations in France considered by the government to be linked to radical Islamic movements have been dissolved by decree since the gruesome October 2020 terrorist murder of school teacher Samuel Paty. While some of the dissolutions have been criticised as unjustified and counter to public freedoms, the broad French Left of political parties and civil society stands accused of shying away from an issue that is a political hot potato, instead choosing to observe what the head of one Muslim association called a “deafening silence”.  Mathilde Goanec reports.

  • France's timid political response to damning report on child sex abuse in Catholic Church

    France — Analysis

    On Tuesday October 5th a report revealed the shocking scale of child sex abuse inside the French Catholic Church over many decades. The report's authors estimate that 330,000 minors have been the victims of sexual abuse within the church since 1950, a majority of them at the hands of ordained clergy. Since the report's publication the overall reaction from the political classes, both Left and Right, has seemed timid. Some politicians, however, are calling for the courts to intervene and for the church to undergo deep reform. Mathieu Dejean, Mathilde Goanec, Pauline Graulle and Ilyes Ramdani report.

  • French regional elections end in defeat for far-right and Macron ruling party


    The results of the second and final round of voting on Sunday to decide the composition of France’s regional councils was marked by a remarkably low turnout averaging around 34%, and the failure of the far-right and President Emmanuel Macron’s LREM party to gain control of any.  Mathilde Goanec and Ellen Salvi report.

  • A year of Covid-19: the stories from an apartment block in Meaux

    France — Report

    As 2020 draws to a close amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic, Mediapart knocked on the doors of the inhabitants of an apartment block in the town of Meaux, east of Paris, to ask them about their experiences living through a year unlike any other. The lurking threat of the virus was of course a constant angst, but for many, it is the social and economic consequences that have marked them, and which leave them fearful for the future. Mathilde Goanec reports (illustrations by Fanny Monier).  

  • Fear and bitterness in France's care homes as second Covid wave arrives

    France — Report

    France's care home sector, which was on the front line of the Covid-19 crisis in the early part of the year, is now bracing itself for the second wave. A number of residential homes are already closed to visitors and in some areas staff have had to stop relatives climbing in through windows to see their loved ones. Amid the fear and anxiety about the rapid return of the Coronavirus, there is also growing bitterness among both care home staff and domestic carers that they have once again been overlooked. Angry representatives point out that their working conditions and pay have not been given the same priority as those of hospital staff. Mathilde Goanec reports.

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Mathilde Goanec
Mediapart Journalist

5 Posts

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  • Le travail, territoire à réinventer

    Blog post

    Pour comprendre la souffrance au travail, Marie Pezé a dû sortir de son "tiroir psychanalytique" ou "tiroir psychosomatique". Depuis, elle tente inlassablement d'élargir le spectre de tous ceux qui agissent pour rendre le travail plus humain. Et devinez-quoi, nous en faisons tous partie... Invitée du colloque Santé et travail organisé récemment au Sénat, le texte qui suit est de sa main.

  • Le droit de manifester à géométrie variable du préfet du Morbihan

    Blog post

    Le préfet du Morbihan vient d'interdire la manifestation contre le racisme et la xénophobie, prévue samedi 19 décembre à Pontivy. Ce rassemblement est une réponse à une manifestation d'extrême-droite autorisée le lendemain des attentats qui a largement dégénéré. Ce deux poids deux mesures est incompréhensible.

  • La CGT Guadeloupe asphyxiée par la famille Huyghues-Despointes

    Blog post

    Deux poids, deux mesures. La CGT Guadeloupe a organisé le mardi 3 novembre une marche de protestation sur l'île afin de dénoncer sa condamnation à 53 000 euros d'amende pour avoir écrit dans un tract que la famille Huyghues-Despointes « avait bâti sa fortune sur la traite négrière, l'économie de plantation et l'esclavage salarié ». Asphixiée financièrement, l'organisation syndicale craint de devoir cesser toute activité militante, faute de moyens.

  • Les syndicats européens votent une motion commune sur les migrants

    Blog post

    Réunie en congrès, la Confédération européenne des syndicats (CES) a voté mercredi un motion d'urgence sur la crise des réfugiés, réclamant une politique d'asile proactive et la révision des accords de Dublin.

  • La police emporte la bataille des chiffres

    Blog post

    Les Echos l'ont dévoilé en exclusivité lundi 13 avril : selon un rapport commandé par le préfet de police de Paris, réalisé par des chercheurs de l'EHESS, de l'Insee et de Paris 1, c'est bien la police qui compte juste, lors des manifestations.