François Debré (3 April 1942 – 14 September 2020) was a French writer and journalist. Winner of the Prix Albert-Londres in 1977, he was a member of the Société des gens de lettres.
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The second son of politician Michel Debré and his wife, Anne-Marie, François was also the brother of Vincent, Jean-Louis, and his twin, Bernard. Additionally, he was the grandson of Robert Debré and the nephew of Olivier Debré.
After studying law and eastern languages, he joined the magazine Afrique contemporaine in 1966 before becoming a freelance journalist in 1968. Between 1968 and 1977, he covered numerous conflicts around the world. He worked in Biafra for Le Monde, and in Cambodia and Vietnam for L'Obs and Le Point. In 1968, he won the Prix de la critique indépendante for his essay on the Nigerian Civil War.
Debré was regarded as one of the most talented reporters of his generation. In the early 1970s, he worked numerous reports for TF1, Antenne 2, and France Régions 3 in Chad, Ivory Coast, Uganda, and Pakistan. He joined TF1's foreign policy service in 1977. He was a major reporter for the channel until 1985. He covered several major events, such as the Yom Kippur War, the start of Solidarity in Poland, and the dismissal of Jean-Bédel Bokassa in the Central African Republic.
In 1977, he won the Prix Albert-Londres in 1977 for his essay on the Khmer Rouge, titled Cambodge, la révolution de la forêt. In 1988, he directed magazines for Antenne 2, where he was appointed deputy editor-in-chief. He was once sentenced to two months suspended for his involvement in Jacques Chirac's scheme to raise money for his presidential run while serving as Mayor of Paris.
Debré was married to Maylis Ybarnegaray, daughter of Jean Ybarnégaray, with whom he had two daughters: Constance and Ondine. He died following a long illness in Montlouis-sur-Loire on 14 September 2020, one day after the death of his twin brother, Bernard.
Éthiopie, les dernières années du Negus
Le Petit Livre rouge
Les Chinois de la diaspora
La Remontée du Mekong
Les Trottoirs de Manille
La Quadrature des cercles
Les Narcotiques anonymes
L'Amiral aux pieds nus
La Ballade de Menardeau
L'Homme de pouvoir
Possession vaut titre
La Vingt-et-unième Chinoise (1968)
Biafra an II (1968)
Premier crime (1975)
Les Chinois de la diaspora (1976)
Cambodge, la révolution de la forêt (1977)
Le Livre des égarés (1979)
Les Fêtes d'automne (1983)
Trente ans avec sursis (1998)
Le Livre des Égarés (2019)
Prix de la critique indépendante for Biafra an II (1968)
Prix Albert-Londres for Cambodge, la révolution de la forêt (1977)
Grand prix du festival international de Monte-Carlo for Les Trottoirs de Manille (1981)