Journalist Philippe Alexandre is dead, Macron salutes “a fierce pen” and a “free voice”

Sergio Gaudenti / Sygma via Getty Images Journalist Philippe Alexandre, pictured here in 1994 on the premises of RTL, died at the age of 90.

Sergio Gaudenti / Sygma via Getty Images

Journalist Philippe Alexandre, pictured here in 1994 on the premises of RTL, died at the age of 90.

JOURNALISM – It is the disappearance of a face and a voice from the French press. A figure in political journalism and in particular RTL for nearly 30 years, Philippe Alexandre, known for the bite of his chronicles, died at the age of 90 on Monday, October 31. The announcement of his death sparked a flood of reactions in political and journalistic circles.

“With Philippe Alexandre, the French press loses a fierce pen, a relentless investigator, a free voice. Dreaded and admired, he was for many French people, one of the most familiar faces of political journalism ”, in particular reacted on Twitter the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron.

“With his talent, his vivacity, his free speech and the percussion of his editorials, he marked the history of the station”, greeted RTL for his part.

The journalist ” passed away peacefully this morning in Le Touquet, said one of her two daughters, Agnès Alexandre-Collier, in a message sent to AFP with the agreement of her sister and her mother-in-law, the journalist and writer Béatrix de l’Aulnoit.

A ” pioneer of radio scratching hair »

Columnist at RTL from 1969 to 1996, he also appeared on television alongside Serge July and was immortalized by the Guignols de l’info who paid tribute to him on Monday on social networks. He will be buried in the cemetery of Le Touquet, in Pas-de-Calais on Saturday, his family said.

Journalist “ purely political with the air of Inspector Colombo and a gravelly voice, Philippe Alexandre was a ” pioneer of radio scratch hair and drypoint “, said his accomplice on television, the co-founder of “ Release », Serge July.

His columns on RTL, listened to every morning by hundreds of thousands of listeners, were feared by politicians on all sides. Some of them ” can reflect moods, bad faith, excesseshe declared to Figaro in 2016. But isn’t this specific to the function of editorialist? “.

We were far from always in agreement, but he knew all about politics, and his mind was as sharp as his pen was sharp. It’s a great voice that disappears “, greeted the president of the Court of Auditors and former socialist minister Pierre Moscovici, on Twitter.

As many defamation lawsuits as books published

Born in Paris on March 14, 1932 into a family of Jewish origin, whose story he told in “ My tribe more than French » (2017), Philippe Alexandre started in journalism in 1951 as an editor at « fight “. He joined RTL in 1969 after going through ” The liberated Oise », « French days », « The New Candid ” Where ” The Literary Figaro “.

The man with libel suits as numerous as his political works as Le Monde described it, spared no head of state. He claimed that the Élysée had asked for his resignation in 1982 ” to appease François Mitterrand to whom my chronicles gave hives “.

On television, from 1989 to 1992, he co-hosted the political program “Le Débat” on TF1, with Serge July and Michèle Cotta, then, in the 1990s, “Dimanche soir” on France 3 with Christine Ockrent and July, which will earn him frequent parodies in the “Guignols de l’Info”, on Canal+.

He left RTL in 1996, after the merger of the Compagnie luxembourgeoise de télédiffusion (CLT) with the German group Bertelsmann. Having become a political columnist for BFM, France 3 and various magazines, Philippe Alexandre has published some twenty books, including “Paysages de campagne” (on the 1988 presidential election, Today prize), “Too many taxes kills l ’emploi’ (2005) or ‘Lover’s Dictionary of Politics’ (2011).

He co-wrote several books with his partner Béatrix de l’Aulnoit, including a pamphlet against Martine Aubry, “La Dame des 35 heures” (2002), which provoked the fury of the socialist leader.

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