Mathieu Magnaudeix

Né en 1980 à Périgueux (Dordogne). A Mediapart, j'ai suivi l'actualité économique et sociale, la révolution tunisienne, le quinquennat de François Hollande, raconté l'OPA d'Emmanuel Macron sur la présidence de la République, couvert le mandat Trump depuis les Etats-Unis.

Désormais co-présentateur d' «A l'air libre », l'émission quotidienne en accès libre de Mediapart.

Fier adhérent, et co-fondateur, de l'Association des journalistes LGBT.


- Tunis Connection, enquête sur les réseaux franco-tunisiens sous Ben Ali (Seuil 2012), avec Lénaïg Bredoux.

- Macron & Cie, enquête sur le nouveau président de la République (Don Quichotte, 2017, avec la rédaction de Mediapart).

- Génération Ocasio-Cortez, les nouveaux activistes américains (La Découverte, 2020).

Pour me contacter: @mathieu_m sur Twitter (DM ouverts) ou  (photo: Sébastien Calvet/Mediapart)

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  • UMP meltdown: the self-destruction of France's main opposition party

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    Debts of nearly 80 million euros, a party leader who had to step down over an election funding scandal, warring factions, public attacks, leaked allegations that senior party figures and their relatives have been milking its finances for their own benefit and continuing scandals surrounding its talismanic figure Nicolas Sarkozy... France's main opposition party the UMP seems on the brink of a political abyss. Indeed, one senior figure in it has claimed that the right-wing party is “already dead”. Mathilde Mathieu, Ellen Salvi and Marine Turchi report on a party crisis that shows no sign of abating and could end in its destruction.

  • 'King Hollande' redraws the map of France

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    President François Hollande this month announced the broad outline of sweeping territorial reforms that will see the number of official regions in mainland France reduced from 22 to just 14. The move is designed to give them greater political power and efficiency in the coordination of local resources and economies. Some among Hollande’s camp claim this major plank of a decentralisation programme will prove to be the most significant reform of his presidency. But Hollande, whose political legitimacy is questioned after recent election debacles for his ruling Socialist Party, has met with sharp criticism from both Left and Right for the monarchic manner in which he has redrawn the map of France. Lénaïg Bredoux and Mathieu Magnaudeix report.

  • The debate behind France's fudged recognition of the blank vote


    The blank vote, also known as a white vote, will be partially recognised as a legitimate vote in France following the adoption of a bill of law to that effect during its final passage before the French parliament’s upper house last week. However, it will not be considered as an effective part of election results, in which only ballot papers with named candidates will be included. For the new legislation simply distinguishes the blank vote from invalid, spoiled, votes with which it was previously included. While the law’s supporters argue that this partial recognition of the blank vote will reduce abstentions and protest votes for extremist parties, a number of political analysts dismiss that view as naive. Mathieu Magnaudeix reports.

  • Anatomy of (another) retreat by the Hollande government

    Last Friday a minister insisted that the government's bill on the family was going ahead as planned. Then on Sunday a pro-family march by right-wingers attracted around 100,000 protesters and was hailed a success. By Monday morning the government had announced it would oppose any controversial amendments to the new bill – and in the afternoon it declared it was dropping the entire measure for at least a year. Lénaïg Bredoux and Mathieu Magnaudeix report on a retreat by the government in the face of protests.

  • The endangered and ageing socialist 'principality' of the Ariège


    The Ariège département in southern France has a long history as a bastion of the Socialist Party. Over several decades, it has been the fiefdom of a clan of local politicians who are accused by opponents of ruling with a surprisingly monarchic set of practices: cronyism, the hoarding by a few of multiple posts of public office, political functions handed down to groomed successors, and intimidation of opponents.  In this, his third and final report from one of the poorest and least inhabited départements in France, Mathieu Magnaudeix investigates the inside workings of what might be likened to a socialist ‘principality’.

  • 'It's becoming like Chicago': the slide into despair and fear of a once-thriving small French town

    La halle de Lavelanet, 11 h du matin, un jour de semaine. © M.M. La halle de Lavelanet, 11 h du matin, un jour de semaine. © M.M.

    The once-prosperous textile-producing town of Lavelanet, at the foot of the Pyrenees Mountains close to the Spanish border, has for decades suffered a decline that was sharply accentuated by the recent economic crisis. With dwindling public services and with a quarter of the active population unemployed, it is a mirror image of many towns across France where the loss of industrial activity has sapped the local social fabric. In this, the second of three reports from the southern département of the Ariège, Mathieu Magnaudeix finds that in Lavelanet, amid a pervading collective sense of abandonment, concern over law and order and fear of 'outsiders' dominate the conversation.


  • 'I'll never vote socialist again': damning verdict from French voters in left-wing stronghold

    Lavelanet. Statue de Jaurès devant la mairie.  © M.M. Lavelanet. Statue de Jaurès devant la mairie. © M.M.

    The Ariège département on the border with Spain is known as one of the most socialist areas of France, with voters regularly turning out in force to support candidates on the Left. But perhaps no more. Mediapart visited this part-rural, part-industrial area, one that has been ravaged by the economic crisis, to find that traditionally socialist voters are now split between grave doubts and anger towards their own party. In the first of three reports from the Ariège, Mathieu Magnaudeix discovers that the main beneficiary of this tide of discontent is likely to be the far-right Front national.

  • Plan to outlaw paying for sex splits France's ruling Socialist Party


    Two socialist MPs have attracted all-party support for a new bill which would criminalise the clients of prostitutes, earning them a fine. Yet behind the apparent consensus, Mediapart has discovered that there is far from unanimity on the proposed law even within the ruling party. A number of senior socialist MPs point out that many respected non-governmental organisations fear the change would make life less safe for prostitutes. Others say it will make the party look too 'moralising'. And as Mathieu Magnaudeix reports, it is also not clear whether the prime minister or the president fully support what could become a controversial measure.

  • French police arrest and expulsion of Roma schoolgirl raises storm of protest


    The French government found itself on Wednesday the target of a storm of protests over the arrest and repatriation to Kosovo last week of a 15 year-old Roma girl who was taken into custody by police in front of her schoolmates after her family’s application for asylum in France was rejected. The heavy-handed arrest of Léonarda Dibrani, which was first revealed in a blogpost on Mediapart, has split opinion both among the ranks of the ruling Socialist Party and within the government itself, with education minister Vincent Peillon calling for a ban on the arrests of pupils during school activity. The controversy comes as interior minister Manuel Valls leads a high-profile, hardline campaign targeting Roma immigrants who he has claimed are not apt to integrate into French society.  Interviewed by Mathieu Magnaudeix, Socialist MP Sandrine Mazetier, vice-president of the National Assembly and head of her party’s immigration affairs department, strongly denounces the treatment handed out to Léonarda Dibrani, and demands that sanctions be taken against the police prefect responsible for ordering her arrest in an act of “political provocation”.

  • Far-right Front National poised for key role in French local elections


    The elimination of the Left in the first round of voting in a recent local by-election in which the Front National came top has sparked fevered speculation about how Marine Le Pen's far-right party is likely to perform in next year's crucial municipal elections. A recently-published and detailed analysis of voting trends suggests the FN could have a major role to play in some areas. But, as Mathieu Magnaudeix reports, the study says the outcome will probably depend on how well the economy performs between now and next spring.