Jean Bothorel

Jean Bothorel
Born 12 May 1940
Occupation Journalist

Jean Bothorel (12 May 1940) is a French journalist and the author of many books. He is a former editor at Le Figaro. He was the 1993 winner of the Prix Goncourt de la Biographie.


Bothorel is a journalist.[1] He first worked for L'Expansion, followed by La Vie and Le Matin de Paris.[2] In 1986, he joined Le Figaro as an editor.[2] He was fired a decade later because of the publication of Le Bal des vautours, in which he criticized senior editors Franz-Olivier Giesbert and Alain Peyrefitte.[2]

Bothorel is the author of many books. He co-authored a book with President Pierre Mendès-France and authored three biographies of President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing. He also co-authored a book with French politician Raymond Barre and another one with Guinean President Alpha Condé. He authored biographies of French businessmen François Pinault and Vincent Bolloré. Additionally, he authored a novel, Le désir et la mort. He received the Prix Goncourt de la Biographie for his biography work Louise de Vilmorin in 1993.[3]



  1. "Jean Bothorel". Bibliothèque nationale de France. Retrieved October 4, 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 "Jean Bothorel viré par «le Figaro»". Libération. July 2, 1996. Retrieved October 4, 2016.
  3. "Tous les lauréats (par année)". Académie Goncourt. Retrieved October 4, 2016.

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