Laurent Mauduit

Journaliste au Quotidien de Paris (1979), puis à l'Agence centrale de Presse (1979-1984), à La Tribune de l'économie (1984-1990). Chef du service économique de Libération (1991-1994) avant d'entrer au Monde, en charge de la politique économique française (1995-1999), puis rédacteur en chef du service Entreprises (1999-2003), directeur adjoint de la rédaction (2003-2005), éditorialiste (2006). Quitte Le Monde, en décembre 2006, en désaccord avec la politique éditoriale. Cofondateur de Mediapart. Auteur des ouvrages suivants:

 - Histoire secrète des dossiers noirs de la gauche (en collaboration), Éditions Alain Moreau, 1986

- La grande méprise (en collaboration), Grasset, 1996

- La gauche imaginaire et le nouveau capitalisme (avec Gérard Desportes), Grasset, 1999

 - Voyage indiscret au cœur de l’État (en collaboration), Éditions Le Monde-Le Pré aux Clercs, 2000

 - Les stock-options (avec Philippe Jaffré), Grasset, 2002

- L’adieu au socialisme (avec Gérard Desportes), Grasset, 2002

- Jacques le Petit, Stock, 2005

- Petits conseils, Stock, 2007

- Sous le Tapie, Stock, 2008

- Les 110 propositions, 1981-2011 - Manuel critique à l'usage des citoyens qui rêvent encore de changer la vie, Don Quichotte, 2011 (ouvrage collectif de la rédaction de Mediapart) 

- Les imposteurs de l'économie, Editions Gawsewitch, 2012 (Réédité en 2013 par les Editions Pocket, puis en 2016 en version numérique par les Éditions Don Quichotte)

- L'étrange capitulation, Editions Gawsewitch, 2013. Cet ouvrage a été réédité en version numérique en mars 2015 par les éditions Don Quichotte.

- Tapie, le scandale d'Etat, Stock, 2013 - Cette affaire a aussi donné lieu à un documentaire Tapie et la République - Autopsie d'un scandale d'Etat (70', Nova Production), que j'ai co-écrit avec le réalisateur Thomas Johnson et qui a été diffusé la première fois par France 5 le 31 mars 2015.

- A tous ceux qui ne se résignent pas à la débâcle qui vient (Don Quichotte, 2014)

- Main basse sur l'information (Don Quichotte, 2016)

- La Caste. Enquête sur cette haute fonction publique qui a pris le pouvoir (La Découverte, septembre 2018).

- Prédations. Histoire des privatisations des biens publics,  (La Découverte, septembre 2020).



All his articles

Haiti: the dark history of French colonial banks resurfaces

Banques — Investigation

In its recent powerful investigation into the exploitation of Haiti by France in the colonial past, The New York Times highlighted the predatory role played by the bank Crédit Industriel et Commercial. In fact, reports Laurent Mauduit, all French colonial banks practiced this same pillaging system of exploitation in Asia, Africa and the Antilles.

The appalling greed of French companies over Russia

International — Opinion

On Wednesday Match 23rd the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky called on French companies to quit their involvement with Russia, but without much success. This can largely can be put down to the greed of the business world. But as Mediapart co-founder Laurent Mauduit argues in this op-ed article, the lack of solidarity by businesses can also be explained by the French government's ambiguous stance on the issue.

The indecent pay of France's top executives

Économie — Opinion

The latest annual report by investors’ advisory agency Proxinvest on the remunerations paid to the chief executives of France’s 120 most traded stock exchange companies reveals a staggering increase in payments in 2019. In this op-ed article, Mediapart economy and finance correspondent Laurent Mauduit details the figures and argues why they represent a serious injustice when millions of French households face an economic crisis that threatens to plunge them into poverty.  

How lockdown threatens to burst French football's speculative financial bubble

France — Investigation

The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP), which runs the top-tier professional football leagues in France, has voted to obtain a 224.5 million-euro loan from the French state to help out its member clubs, especially those in the elite Ligue 1 division. But even despite this help some clubs are on the brink of going into administration. Mediapart can reveal confidential documents which show the risky nature of the loan arrangement, which the state agreed to without making any solvency checks. As Laurent Mauduit writes, there is a risk that French taxpayers could end up having to pay the bill for the excesses of the football industry.

As protests sweep France, another 'oversight' by fallen pension reform tsar


Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took part in nationwide union-led protests in France on Tuesday against the government’s proposed reform of the pension system, while strike action disrupted many sectors including transport, education institutions, postal services and power supplies. Meanwhile, the government suffered a severe blow in its showdown with the unions after the forced resignation on Monday of the man regarded as the architect of the reforms, the High Commissioner for Pensions Jean-Paul Delevoye, for having failed to register as required by law ten of his present or recent outside professional activities. Now Mediapart can reveal yet another: his membership until 2017 of the London-based Brazzaville Foundation, which is in effect a propaganda arm for the strongman president of the Republic of the Congo.

How Libération's multi-billionaire owner bills the ailing daily for 'services'

France — Analysis

Much of the French media is owned by billionaire industrialists and businessmen with financial interests that sit uncomfortably with the notion of freedom and pluralism of the press, while some argue that without such wealthy proprietors many titles would fold. One case in point is France’s venerable leftwing daily Libération, co-founded in 1973 by French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre and now owned by multi-billionaire Patrick Drahi who made his fortune in telecommunications. Laurent Mauduit has been studying the struggling newspaper’s financial accounts, and details here how Drahi last year billed it for 1.8 million euros for “services” by his group, which notably included “restructuring”, further aggravating its vast debts offset in part by public subsidies.

Mediapart guarantees its future independence


On top of its successful journalistic venture, Mediapart has now come up with its own capitalist invention by placing 100% of its capital in a not-for-profit structure which will ring-fence it and ensure it cannot be bought or sold in the future. The new Fund for a Free Press will also have its own objective in the general interest - to defend the freedom, independence and pluralism of the press. Its four co-founders, François Bonnet, Laurent Mauduit, Edwy Plenel and Marie-Hélène Smiejan-Wanneroy, explain this move to guarantee Mediapart's permanent independence.

Revealed: how IMF chief Lagarde ducked Tapie fraud trial


IMF chief Christine Lagarde was called by French tycoon Bernard Tapie to testify as a witness at his current trial in Paris on charges of fraud over a staggering 2008 award to him of 404 million euros out of public funds. The payout was made while Lagarde was French finance minister, and followed her approval of a private arbitration process which has since been overturned. Washington-based Lagarde has declined to appear at the trial, where she would have been a key witness, apparently because of her busy agenda. Mediapart’s Laurent Mauduit has discovered that in fact Lagarde has every opportunity to attend the trial, but has instead decided to take part in an unrelated event just a few kilometres away from the Paris courthouse.

Carlos Ghosn: the contrast between severity in Japan and impunity in France

International — Opinion

The case of the arrest and continued detention in Japan of Renault chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn over alleged financial misconduct has revealed the severity of the Japanese judicial system, which again denied him bail at a hearing in Tokyo this week. But it has also illustrated the situation of impunity granted in France to numerous high-placed individuals like Ghosn, writes Mediapart co-founder Laurent Mauduit in this opinion article. For while it now appears that the French government is finally moving towards his replacement as head of the French carmaker, economy and finance minister Bruno Le Maire has until now done his utmost to protect Ghosn, even declaring that there was ‘nothing in particular to report’ on his tax situation in France, when in fact the boss of one of France's biggest industrial corporations has been a tax resident in the Netherlands since 2012.

Proof of Macron chief of staff’s lie over family links to shipping firm

International — Investigation

Contrary to what he has stated, President Emmanuel Macron's chief of staff Alexis Kohler has not always revealed his family links to the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), and in his duties as a senior public servant has not always stood aside from issues involving the giant Italian-Swiss shipping firm. Official documents from the major French port of Le Havre, seen by Mediapart, show that Kohler took part in discussions and votes concerning the company while he sat on the port's Supervisory Board as a civil servant from 2010 to 2012. Laurent Mauduit and Martine Orange investigate.

Study finds surge in numbers of people in poverty in France

France — Analysis

A report released this month by an independent research body on social exclusion calculates that up to one million more people in France fell below the poverty line between 2005 and 2015. While the financial and economic crisis is largely responsible, the slight recovery of growth has had little, if any, effect on easing the numbers of poor, one third of who are children. Laurent Mauduit analyses the data.

Mystery of French minister's massive Air France pay-off

France — Investigation

A French government minister's declarations of her past income have shed a stark light on the system of privileges enjoyed by an elite group of civil servants in France. That system allowed Florence Parly, a career civil servant who is now minister for the Armed Forces, to take up lucrative jobs outside the civil service without ever risking her security of employment. She even managed to negotiate a golden handshake from Air France worth around half a million euros. Laurent Mauduit reports.

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Mediapart’s journalists also use their blogs, and participate in their own name to this space of debates, by confiding behind the scenes of investigations or reports, doubts or personal reactions to the news.

Laurent Mauduit
Mediapart Journalist

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Échanges volcaniques de SMS avec Bernard Tapie

Blog post

Enquêtant pendant plus de 13 ans sur l’arbitrage frauduleux, j’ai échangé des centaines de SMS avec Bernard Tapie, pour respecter le contradictoire. Tantôt violents ou menaçants, tantôt moqueurs, ses messages en disent beaucoup sur le personnage volcanique et gouailleur qu’il était. Ils mettent aussi en lumière certaines des difficultés rencontrées par le journalisme d’investigation.

Le documentaire qui décrypte l’affaire Tapie

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En 2014-2015, j’avais coécrit avec Thomas Johnson pour France 5 et Public Sénat le documentaire « Tapie et la République – Autopsie d’un scandale d’État ». S’il ne prend pas en compte les avancées les plus récentes de la justice, le film décrypte les principaux ressorts de l’affaire Tapie, et les graves dysfonctionnements de notre démocratie qu’elle a mis en lumière.

Les sulfureuses éoliennes de la baie de Saint-Brieuc en débat

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[Rediffusion] A l’initiative d’Ensemble ! deux débats ont été organisés les 24 et 25 septembre autour du projet de parc éolien dans la baie de Saint-Brieuc. En voici le compte rendu vidéo, avec mon intervention, présentant mes enquêtes sur Mediapart, et les prises de parole de Katherine Poujol (responsable de l’association « Gardez les caps !) ou encore de Lamya Essemlali (présidente de Sea Shepherd France).

Confrontations multiples autour des éoliennes de la baie de Saint-Brieuc

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Entretien vidéo sur Tébéo avec Hubert Coudurier, directeur de l'information du Télégramme, prochaines réunions à Saint-Brieuc et au port du Légué : le débat autour des éoliennes de la baie de Saint-Brieuc prend de l'ampleur.

Le mépris de Bruno Le Maire pour la déontologie de la fonction publique

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Signalement tardif au parquet de possibles irrégularités commises lors de la privatisation de GDF Suez en 2014 ; refus de rendre public des avis de la HATVP et de la direction juridique de Bercy : l’affaire Azéma fournit de nombreux indices attestant que le ministre ne se soucie guère de faire respecter la déontologie de la fonction publique par les hiérarques de Bercy. Mediapart saisit la CADA.