Anne Sinclair: an exceptional career at the very heart of French journalism and culture.

Anne Sinclair: an exceptional career at the very heart of French journalism and culture.

Anne Sinclair, born Anne-Élise Schwartz in 1948, is a renowned Franco-American journalist, television host and writer. Over the course of her career, she has left her mark on the French media landscape with her interviews of political figures and her cultural programs.


Anne Sinclair was born in New York, where her parents fled to escape the Nazi occupation of France. Her family came from a prestigious cultural background, thanks in particular to her maternal grandfather, Paul Rosenberg, a renowned art merchant who had represented great artists such as Picasso and Matisse.

Anne studied in France, graduating from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) in 1969, and obtaining a law degree from the Université Paris Nanterre the following year. She also earned a DEA in political science and a doctorate in law.


Her career as a journalist began in the early 1970s, when she joined Europe 1 radio. She quickly earned a reputation for her serious and rigorous news coverage.

In 1984, Anne Sinclair joined TF1, where she hosted the political program "Sept sur Sept" for 13 years. The show, broadcast every Sunday evening, featured face-to-face interviews with the most influential French political figures. With "Sept sur Sept", Anne Sinclair established herself as an icon of French political journalism. She has turned the program into a source of news and reflection on society, attracting between 10 and 12 million viewers, a record for a political program.

In 1997, she left TF1 to join France 2, where she hosted the cultural program "Vivement dimanche prochain" alongside Michel Drucker. This program, which is still broadcast and hosted by Drucker, highlights artists and creators from the world of culture.

She later left France 2 and returned to radio at Europe 1 as Director of Operations. In 2008, she launched her own blog, "Deux ou trois choses vues d'Amérique" ("Two or three things from America"), offering a French perspective on the American elections.

From 2012 to 2019, she was editorial director of "HuffPost". Since 2015, she hosts the France 3 channel's "Fauteuils d'orchestre" program once or twice a year, programmed in partnership with France Musique and broadcast in the first half of the evening, which focuses on classical music. Since 2017, she has also had a weekly column in "Le Journal du dimanche", a French weekly news magazine.


In addition to her career in the media, Anne Sinclair has also contributed to culture and literature as a writer. She is the author of several books, including "21 Rue La Boétie" (2012), which traces the history of her grandfather, Paul Rosenberg, and his role in promoting modern art in the early 20th century. This book also became a touring exhibition that traveled to several international museums.

In 2016, she published "Chronique d'une France blessée" (Chronicle of a wounded France), a book in which she looks back at key events in French current affairs, including the terrorist attacks and the rise of populism. In this essay, Anne Sinclair offers a thoughtful analysis of the challenges facing France and the world.

In 2020, she dedicated a book to the "rafle des notables", an episode of the Occupation little known to the general public. This was the third roundup to take place on French territory, and it provided the contingent for the first French deportation of Jews to the Auschwitz concentration camp. The roundup led to the arrest of 743 French Jews, business leaders, magistrates, lawyers, doctors, dentists, academics, intellectuals and artists – a privileged population, hence the nickname "notables" – including her paternal grandfather, Léonce Schwartz.


Throughout her career, Sinclair has received numerous awards for her journalistic work and contributions to culture. These include the award for best interviewer at the Sept d'Or in 1989 (French equivalent of the Emmy Awards), for her program "Sept sur Sept". She was also named Knight of the Legion of Honor in 2012.


An emblematic figure of feminism in France, she paved the way for many other women in the media industry, both as a journalist and a television host, and remains a model of success and determination. She was notably one of the first women to hold a leading position in French journalism, at a time when the media environment was still largely male-dominated. By making her mark in the industry, Anne Sinclair helped to break down gender barriers and pave the way for the women journalists who followed her. Her success in journalism and television showed that it was possible for women to succeed in fields traditionally reserved for men, and inspired many other women to pursue careers in the media.


Throughout her career, she has regularly addressed the issue of gender equality and promoted feminism through her interviews and broadcasts. By highlighting the problems facing women in society, she has helped to raise public awareness of these issues and encourage debate on gender equality in France. She notably interviewed several female politicians and feminist activists on her program "Sept sur Sept", helping to bring the voice of women into the public arena.

As host of the cultural program "Vivement dimanche prochain", she also supported women artists, directors, writers and other creators, offering them a platform to present their work and share their experiences. By showcasing women's talent and creativity, she has helped promote gender equality in art and culture.

She has also been involved with feminist organizations and supported causes in favor of women's rights, helping to strengthen the presence and influence of women in French society and to fight for gender equality.


A key figure in French journalism and culture, Anne Sinclair has been a role model for women and an emblematic figure of feminism in France. Through her journalistic career, her cultural broadcasts and her commitment to women's rights, she has helped to promote gender equality and support women in their struggles for recognition and parity. Through her career as a journalist, television host and writer, she has established herself as an emblematic figure on the French media and cultural landscape. Her exceptional career testifies to her commitment to truth, culture and the promotion of progressive ideas.


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© Article par Julie Henry Poutrel pour Adama Toulon.