André Frossard

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André Frossard
Born (1915-01-14)14 January 1915
Saint-Maurice-Colombier, France
Died 2 February 1995(1995-02-02) (aged 80)
Versailles, France
Occupation Essayist, journalist
Known for Member of the Académie française

André Frossard (French pronunciation: ​[ɑ̃dʁe fʁɔsaʁ]; born on 14 January 1915, Saint-Maurice-Colombier, Doubs, France – died on 2 February 1995, Versailles, France) was a French journalist and essayist.[1]


Early years[edit]

André Frossard was born on 14 January 1915 in Saint-Maurice-Colombier, Doubs. He is the son of Louis-Oscar Frossard, one of the historic founders of the French Communist Party, who at 31 years old was the first secretary general of the Communist Party, then minister in the governments of the Popular Front (France). André Frossard has attended the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs. He will search then career in journalism as a cartoonist and columnist. Her paternal grandmother was Jewish and his village is Foussemagne, "the only village in France where there was a synagogue, not a church. "Her grandmother on the maternal side is Protestant.

Conversion to Roman Catholicism[edit]

His parents raised him an atheist but at the age of 20, he converted to Catholicism and on 8 July 1935 André Frossard was baptized in the chapel of the Sisters of Adoration. Inside it, in which he had entered, carefree, looking for a friend, André Willemin. He says that his sudden conversion bestseller: God exists, I met him.

French Resistance[edit]

Frossard was incorporated into the French Navy in September 1936. He entered into the French Resistance upon demobilization (network camouflage war material taken to the German occupation). Arrested by the Gestapo in Lyon on 10 December 1943, Frossard was interned in the "Booth Jews" of Fort Montluc. He was one of the seven survivors of the Hut, seventy-two held on seventy-nine were massacred in Bron on 17 August 1944. He was awarded the Legion of Honor for military title, and promoted to officer by General Charles de Gaulle.

After II World War[edit]

After the war, he worked at L'Aurore (1944 newspaper), before joining the BBC. In 1990 he had written about 15,000 newspaper articles. Frossard gave every year many conferences in France and abroad, mainly in Italy, where the city of Ravenna elected him an honorary citizen in 1986. His books are mostly of religious inspiration. In 1990, Pope John Paul II did Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre. André Frossard was elected to the Académie française Seat 2 on 18 June 1987 to the chair of the René de La Croix de Castries. Nowadays seat 2 is currently occupied by the novelist and journalist Dany Laferrière. Frossard received under the dome on 10 March 1988 by Catholic Father Ambroise-Marie Carré.


He died in Versailles on 2 February 1995.


  • La Maison des otages (1946)
  • Histoire paradoxale de la IVe République (1954)
  • Le Sel de la terre (1956)
  • Voyage au pays de Jésus (1958)
  • Les Greniers du Vatican (1960)
  • Votre humble serviteur, Vincent de Paul (1960)
  • Dieu existe, je l’ai rencontré (1969)
  • La France en général (1975)
  • Il y a un autre monde (1976)
  • Les trente-six preuves de l’existence du diable (1978)
  • L’art de croire (1979)
  • N’ayez pas peur, dialogue avec Jean-Paul II (1982)
  • La Baleine et le Ricin (1982)
  • L’Évangile selon Ravenne (1984)
  • Le Chemin de croix, au Colisée avec Jean-Paul II (1986)
  • N’oubliez pas l’amour, la Passion de Maximilien Kolbe (1987)
  • Le Crime contre l’humanité (1988)
  • Portrait de Jean-Paul II (1988)
  • Le Cavalier du Quai Conti (1988)
  • Dieu en questions (1990)
  • Le Monde de Jean-Paul II (1991)
  • Les grands bergers (1992)
  • Excusez-moi d’être français (1992)
  • Défense du Pape (1993)
  • L’Evangile inachevé (1995)

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