Antoine Perraud

Antoine Perraud a travaillé de 1986 à 2016 à France Culture, produisant notamment l’émission “Tire ta langue” à partir de 1991 (avec une interruption de 2006 à 2009 consacrée à “Jeux d'archives”). Il est l’auteur de documentaires historiques et littéraires: “Une vie, une œuvre” (Jacques Bainville, Confucius…), “Le Bon Plaisir” (Bronislaw Geremek, Pierre Combescot…), “Mitterrand pris aux mots”, ainsi que de séries d’été: 18 heures sur Elias Canetti, 10 heures sur Charles de Gaulle, 5 heures sur la télévision française de 1944 à 1964… Par ailleurs et de surcroît, il a régulièrement participé à l'émission que Laure Adler confia en 2004 à Élisabeth Lévy (avant que David Kessler ne l'en dessaisît en 2006) : “Le Premier Pouvoir”.

De 1987 à 2006, Antoine Perraud a été critique et grand reporter à Télérama, où il s'accomplit en introduisant le terme « bobo » (inventé par David Brooks) dans notre idiome en 2000, comme l’atteste la dernière édition du Grand Robert de la langue française

Diplômé du CFJ (Centre de formation des journalistes) en 1983, Antoine Perraud a régulièrement pris du champ : deux ans au Korea Herald (Séoul), DESS de correspondant de presse en pays anglophones, fondation “Journalistes en Europe”, préparation (aussi vaine qu'éphémère !) à l’agrégation d’histoire.

En 2007, il a publié La Barbarie journalistique (Flammarion), qui analyse, à partir des affaires Alègre, d’Outreau et de la prétendue agression du RER D, comment le droit de savoir peut céder le pas à la frénésie de dénoncer.

Membre du comité de lecture de la revue Médium (directeur: Régis Debray) depuis 2005, Antoine Perraud contribue depuis 2006 au supplément littéraire du quotidien La Croix. Fin 2007, il a rejoint Mediapart.

Publie, en octobre 2020, un pamphlet documenté : Le Capitalisme réel, ou la preuve par le virus (Éd. La Découverte).

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  • Academic warns of dangers of 'simple solutions' as Macron tacks right on law and order

    France — Interview

    Through his appointment of the tough-talking Gérald Darmanin as interior minister, President Emmanuel Macron has shown himself to be a conservative on law and order issues, following in the footsteps of former president Nicolas Sarkozy. The French Left, meanwhile, which is wary of once again being portrayed as “soft” on crime, is showing signs of wanting to set its own agenda on the issue ahead of the 2022 presidential election. Against this backdrop Mediapart's Antoine Perraud spoke to political scientist Jacques de Maillard, an expert on the police and on law and order issues, about the fight against crime and the effectiveness of statistics. The academic warns against the “perverse effects” of focusing too narrowly on crime figures and of the dangers of proclaiming “simple solutions” to what are complex issues.

  • Zeev Sternhell: the historian whose work on French fascism caused academic uproar


    The Israeli historian Zeev Sternhell, who died on June 21st, aged 85, and who spent some of his early years in France before moving to Israel, was one of the pre-eminent experts on fascism in the world of academia. His renowned 1983 work 'Ni droite ni gauche. L’idéologie fasciste en France' - published in English as 'Neither Right Nor Left: Fascist Ideology in France' – caused major controversy among French scholars because of his contention that French fascism was a real phenomenon with ideological roots in the society and culture of France. Antoine Perraud looks back on his extraordinary life and work.  

  • Georgette Elgey, historian and chronicler of French politics

    Culture et idées — Interview

    The French historian, writer and former journalist Georgette Elgey died in Paris this week at the age of 90. She is best known for her exhaustive, six-volume history of France’s Fourth Republic, Histoire de la IVe République, a monumental account of the system of government in France between 1946 and 1958, of which the first volume was published in 1965 and the last in 2012. In 2017, Elgey, who was close to many of those who shaped French politics over the past six decades, gave an insightful interview about her work to Mediapart, republished here.  

  • Life in the time of Brexit: an English village divided

    France — Report

    In the well-heeled village of Widdington in rural Essex in eastern England, the residents are in a state of inner turmoil. Like the rest of the country this small community is pondering the issue of Brexit – which now faces a new deadline of the end of October 2019 – with passionate, engaging and ultimately irreconcilable arguments. Antoine Perraud reports.

  • John Berger the writer who changed how we look at things: a view from Paris

    France — Analysis

    The celebrated British art critic and writer John Berger has died in Paris at the age of 90. Mediapart's Antoine Perraud says that his work as a thinker and writer has helped change the way we look not just at art but the whole world around us. Here is his appreciation of Berger's life and work.

  • The fearless, peerless French lawyer who chronicled the Nazi Occupation

    Culture et idées

    Maurice Garçon was a celebrated lawyer, essayist, novelist, gifted amateur artist and historian who was ultimately elected to the illustrious Académie Française. But Garçon also kept a diary during World War II, including France's Occupation by the Nazis. This recently-published journal reveals an apolitical, solitary, contradictory man who loathed Hitler and the collaborationist Vichy regime in France, but who also disdained Charles de Gaulle and who remained fiercely independent in his views throughout the duration of the conflict. Here Mediapart's Antoine Perraud examines the revealing insights of this eccentric but perceptive character into how French society coped with one of the bleakest episodes in the country's history.

  • Uncovered: the neurosis of Prince Philip, made in France

    France — Analysis

    The British Queen Elizabeth II is in France for the D-Day commemorations, in what may prove to be her last trip to the country. At her side as usual – or rather, two paces behind – is her consort Prince Philip. Mediapart's Antoine Perraud takes a look at Philip's close connections with France as a child and comes up with a theory about why the gaffe-prone consort behaves and talks as he does. According to this theory Prince Philip has sought – not always entirely successfully – to suppress his colourful and varied family roots in order to conform to the demands of the British monarchy. And now, argues Perraud, Prince Philip has himself become a symbol of a once diverse and dynamic Europe that has lost its way.

  • Mandela's lesson of force and finesse

    International — Opinion

    The death of Nelson Mandela, figurehead of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and who became the country's first black president, is being mourned around the world. His disappearance on Thursday, at the age of 95, amid heightened tension over next year’s parliamentary elections, now leaves the ideals of the Rainbow Nation that succeeded the apartheid regime under threat. Here, Mediapart’s Antoine Perraud pays a personal tribute to a man whose unusual combination of force, fraternity and finesse hoisted him to a political and moral highground. But he begins by underlining the role humour also played in overturning a regime of hate.

  • 'Show us respect and equality': filmmaker, feminist Samia Chala on why France must look in the mirror and lift the veil ban

    International — Interview

    Since its introduction in April 2011, a French law banning the ‘concealment of the face’ in public has been received by a section of France’s practicing Muslims, estimated to total about two million people, as an act of discrimination and provocation, for it above all targets the wearing of the Muslim veil. Documentary-maker Samia Chala (pictured) settled in France in the 1990s after fleeing the Islamist-led civil war in her native Algeria in the 1990s. In this interview with Rachida El Azzouzi and Antoine Perraud, this self-proclaimed feminist and “mauler of Islamists” explains her outrage at a law that prohibits a basic freedom and which, she argues, does nothing but to further stigmatize an already largely alienated population of North African origin. “I am doing nothing other than sounding an alarm," says Chala. “If we don’t stop this escalation, there will be a clash. And what a clash!”

  • The Vichy deportation camp that is a 'permanent stain' on France

    France — Interview

    A senior figure in the Socialist Party has angrily criticised French culture minister Aurélie Filippetti for allegedly snubbing Rivesaltes, a former internment and deportation camp in southern France which is set to become a memorial in 2015, during a recent trip to the area. The culture minister has dismissed the claims as 'absurd'. To understand the importance of the memorial site behind this political squabble, Mediapart asked historian Denis Peschanski to describe the political and historical issues at stake in a camp that revives some of the worst memories of the Second World War in France. Antoine Perraud reports.

  • The overseas artist who captured the essence of a long-vanished rural France

    Culture et idées

    Artist Nicolas Rubió spent his childhood and early adulthood in France when he and his family were refugees from Franco's Spain. Later he emigrated to Argentina, but the memories of his time in deepest rural France have continued to serve as an inspiration for his paintings, which bring to life an era that has now disappeared. An assuming but impressive documentary on the man and his art is now doing a tour of France. Antoine Perraud reports. 

  • Death of Pierre Mauroy – the conscience of French socialism


    Pierre Mauroy, who has died aged 84 after battling lung cancer, became in 1981 the first socialist prime minister under France's Fifth Republic. For many the man with working class roots from the north of the country epitomised both a deeply-felt and a pragmatic form of socialism. Mediapart's Antoine Perraud assesses the life of a politician who oversaw radical reforms in one of the most eventful periods of modern French politics.

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  • Bertrand Russell, sauve-nous !

    Blog post

    La préparation d’un article pour Mediapart, « Aux origines de notre cauchemar politique : l’effet Le Pen en 1984 », fit l’effet d’un poison. Un antidote s’imposait. D’où cette archive audiovisuelle de Bertrand Russell datant de 1959 : un merveilleux secours face à des temps monstrueux...

  • Antiques mais vivaces souvenirs de Greenham Common

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    Retour sur un reportage effectué voilà près de 40 ans, à Greenham Common, en Angleterre, où une trentaine de femmes – on ne parlait pas encore d'écoféministes – occupaient les abords d'une base devant accueillir des armes nucléaires américaines. Débuts d'une prise de conscience d'un petit bourgeois français, alors étudiant au Centre de formation des journalistes (CFJ)...

  • Du Trump-la-mort électoral

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    Pour apprécier le spectacle de la convention républicaine de Charlotte (Caroline du Nord) et ce qui s’en suivra, un bref essai d’Antoine de Tarlé, « Trump, le mensonge au pouvoir », offre d’utiles clefs parfois désespérantes.

  • Mes 40 ans d’aveuglement volontaire sur Gabriel Matzneff

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    Avant de le blâmer dans Mediapart en 2017, je me suis abusé sur l’abuseur Gabriel Matzneff. Occultant le pire, j’ai défendu sa liberté en croyant défendre la liberté : j’ai couvert un prédateur se faisant passer pour proie. Flash-back.

  • Pétain on y revient

    Blog post

    La sortie en DVD du film de Jean A. Chérasse (alias Vingtras pour le Club), La Prise de pouvoir par Philippe Pétain (1979), tombe à pic tant les temps se prêtent à une démonstration pédagogique et militante : à qui profite l'effondrement démocratique ?