15 July 1948
New York City, USA
|Occupation||Journalist, TV interviewer|
|Notable credit(s)||Two or three things from America (Political blog)|
(m. 1991–2013, divorced)
Anne Sinclair (French pronunciation: [an.sɛ̃n'klɛʁ] ; born Anne-Élise Schwartz, 15 July 1948) is a French and American television and radio interviewer who hosted one of the most popular political shows for more than thirteen years on TF1, the largest European private TV channel. She is heiress to much of the fortune of her maternal grandfather, Paul Rosenberg. She covered the 2008 US presidential campaign for the leading French Sunday paper Le Journal du Dimanche and the French TV channel Canal+.
Early life and education
Sinclair was born in New York to Joseph-Robert Schwartz (changed to Sinclair in 1949) and Micheline Nanette Rosenberg, French Jewish parents who fled from Nazi persecution of Jews during World War II. She is the granddaughter of Paul Rosenberg, one of France's biggest art dealers. A few years after her birth the family returned to France. She majored in politics at the Paris Institute of Political Studies and in law at the University of Paris.
Between 1984 and 1997 she hosted 7/7, a weekly Sunday evening news and political show on TF1 that had one of the largest audiences in France. She became one of the country's best known journalists and conducted more than five hundred interviews over the course of the show's thirteen-year run.
Every Sunday at 7 pm Anne Sinclair hosted a one-hour interview with a leading French or international personality. She interviewed French presidents François Mitterrand and Nicolas Sarkozy as well as US president Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev, Shimon Peres, Felipe González, German chancellors Helmut Kohl and Gerhard Schröder, Hillary Clinton, the UN Secretary General in New York during the first gulf war, and Prince Charles.
Although primarily focused on politics, her show also included celebrities such as Madonna, Sharon Stone, Paul McCartney, Woody Allen, and George Soros. She conducted interviews with French cultural figures such as Johnny Hallyday, Alain Delon, Yves Montand, Simone Signoret, Bernard-Henri Lévy, and Elie Wiesel.
In 1997 she chose to leave the show to avoid conflict of interest when her husband Dominique Strauss-Kahn became French finance minister. She then created an Internet subsidiary company for her former employer TF1 and ran it for four years before returning to journalism. In 2003 she launched a cultural radio programme called Libre Cours (Free Rein) on France Inter, the French equivalent of NPR.
She also wrote bestsellers on politics: Deux ou trois choses que je sais d'eux (Grasset, 1997) and Caméra Subjective (Grasset, 2003).
In October 2008 she launched her blog Two or three things from America which comments daily on US and international political news. It has become one of the top twelve political French blogs. In March her book on her grandfather will be published (21 rue La Boétie) and she is currently heading the French Edition of the HuffingtonPost
Anne Sinclair was previously married to French journalist Ivan Levaï with whom she has two sons. She separated from her second husband, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, ex-managing director of the International Monetary Fund, in August 2012. The couple Strauss-Kahn divorced in March 2013.
Since that separation, Anne Sinclair has been living with the French historian Pierre Nora.
- Brian Love (15 May 2011). "Strauss-Kahn, France's would-be president". Reuters. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
- Judith Benhamou-Huet, « Une héritière très réservée », lepoint.fr, 10 February 2011.
- Vanessa Grigoriadis (31 July 2011). "The Womanizer's wife". New York Magazine. Retrieved 2 August 2011.
- "Anne Sinclair (tab) Son parcours". Slate.fr. Retrieved 2 August 2011.
- "Awards for Anne Sinclair". IMDb.
- "Anne Sinclair dans le 'top 12' des blogs politiques". L'Express. February, 2009.
- "Sex Life Was ‘Out of Step,’ Strauss-Kahn Says, but Not Illegal" "New York Times", 13 October 2012 
- Anne Sinclair's official political blog (in French, suspended in 2011)