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Audrey Pulvar in 2013
21 February 1972
|Notable credit(s)||Le Soir 3 on France 3
Le 19/20 on France 3
Audrey Pulvar Soir on I-Télé
|Partner(s)||Alain Passard (2008 - 2009)
(2010 - 2012)
Audrey Pulvar is a journalist, television and radio host, born on 21 February 1972 in Fort-de-France (Martinique). Newsreader of the 19/20 on France 3 from 2005 to 2009, Audrey Pulvar has been commentator within Laurent Ruquier’s show: On n’est pas couché on France 2, during the year 2011/2012 and joined the Television Group Canal+ and its channel D8 in 2013.
Audrey Pulvar’s childhood took place in Fort-de-France, where she gets a rich cultural environment and immerses herself in politics. Her father, Marc Pulvar, mathematics’ teacher, has been National Secretary of Martinican Separatist Movement (that he also founded) and Secretary of Martinican Central Workers' Trade Union Confederation. Her mother is a social worker.
From the age of 14 years old, Audrey Pulvar lives between her island and mainland France. Although she had passed the major part of her education in metropolis, she gets her secondary school diploma in the West Indies before going back to metropolis in Rouen, and gets a Diploma of Higher Education in Economics (University of Rouen). She continues her studies at the Higher Journalism School of Paris from which she leaves in 1994.
Then she enters in West Indies Television offices as intern during her training at the Higher Journalism School. She will finally be hired as a photojournalist and from 1995 becomes Evening News’ anchorwoman. At the end, it’s in 1999, that she will be deputy editor in chief of the channel while continuing her functions of anchorwoman. She stays there until April 2002, when Jean-Claude Dassier hires her on the satellite continuous news channel LCI as freelance journalist. Starting from December she simultaneously works on TV5.
In November 2003, she becomes regional television news presenter of France 3 Marseille. After some replacements on national television, she hosts Soir 3 by Louis Lafarge’s side from September 2004. First black woman to present a television news on a terrestrial French channel, she refuses to see it as a symbol and to take the lead.
From September 2005, still on France 3, she hosts the evening television news, the 19/20. Besides, she presents special programmes such as the third edition of Les Victoires du jazz -along with Pierre Lescure -, or Français, à coeur et à cris in May, 2006. Late 2008, Audrey Pulvar is among the rare "well-known" people working in France 3 to join the protest against the prohibition of advertising on France Télévisions. Since 2006, she is also the presenter of a monthly magazine named Parlez-moi d'ailleurs, spread on the parliamentary channel. In July, 2009, while she quits France 3, Audrey Pulvar joins the continuous information channel i>Télé in order to present a programme from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. all the week long, as well as a political interview on Sundays. Laurent Bignolas becomes her successor on France 3, to go on with the 19/20 news. After the departure of Nicolas Demorand, who left the early morning radio show of France Inter, Audrey Pulvar takes possession of the time slot from 6 to 7 A.M. and gives her program a "prominent place for international news" according to the radio Deputy Director, Philippe Val. Simultaneously, she continues to collaborate with i>Télé but chooses to reduce her program length to only one hour, from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. Later on in November, 2010, the i>Télé managers prefer to suspend her from antenna for the sake of journalism ethics, in reaction to her partner's political commitment. Indeed, Arnaud Montebourg officially claims he is candidate for the presidential election in 2012. Hence he stands for that position among the Socialist Party. A couple of weeks later, she finally puts an end to the polemic around that dismissal by coming back on air. She is in charge of a 10 minutes-long non-political interview at 7:40 P.M. which is afterwards cancelled at the end of the year. In January, 2011, France Inter decides to remove her 7:50 A.M. interview. But still, she continues to lead the 6/7 A.M. slot and is being offered by the radio station an all new column at 8:37. Late January, 2011 Audrey Pulvar returns on i>Télé in order to present a debate upon social issues without any political guest: Arrêt sur l'info. She leaves the channel on July, 2011.
Marriage and family
Pulvar has a daughter born in 1997. She lived with the chef Alain Passard from 2008 to 2009.
Then until November 2012, her partner was the French politician Arnaud Montebourg, former deputy chief secretary of the French Socialist Party, and after May 2012, Minister of Industrial Renewal in the Ayrault government.
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