Antoine Perraud travaille depuis 1986 à France Culture, où il produit l’émission “Tire ta langue” depuis 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, participation 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.fr
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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.
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.
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
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!”
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.
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.
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.
The death was announced this week of celebrated French theatre director and actor Jérôme Savary (pictured), who was aged 70. One of the most influential stage directors of post-war France, Savary, who was born in Argentina, is credited with having widened the popular appeal of theatre, notably with the colourful and hilarious performances of his Grand Magic Circus company. In his latter life, he headed the prestigious Théâtre national de Chaillot and the Opéra-Comique. Here, Mediapart’s cultural affairs writer Antoine Perraud pays his own tribute to a prolific icon of French theatre.
Plans for a Maison d'histoire de France were unveiled by former French president Nicolas Sarkozy to a storm of protests, including criticism from many historians. Opponents feared that a museum focussed squarely on France's history would become a political vehicle as Sarkozy sought to use the issue of “national identity” in France to boost his appeal with the voters. But now that the museum's chief supporter has gone, the project appears to have gained in respectability among its former detractors. Antoine Perraud wonders what lies ahead for this once deeply controversial museum.