Edwy Plenel

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Edwy Plenel
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Born Hervé Edwy Plenel
(1952-08-31) 31 August 1952 (age 62)
Nantes, France
Nationality French
Occupation Journalist
Employer Le Monde (1980–2004)
Mediapart (2008–present)

Hervé Edwy Plenel (born 31 August 1952) is a French political journalist.


Early life[edit]

Plenel studied at the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris.


His career began in 1976 as a journalist for Rouge, the newspaper of the Revolutionary Communist League (LCR – Ligue communiste révolutionnaire). He briefly worked for Le Matin de Paris in 1980, before moving to the French newspaper Le Monde, where he worked as the paper's education editor (1980–82), legal columnist (1982–90), a reporter (1991), head of the legal department (1992–94), chief editor (1994–95), assistant editorial director (1995–96), editor (1996–2000), and editor-in-chief (2000–04).[1] From 1985 to 1986, while working for Le Monde, he was one of the targets of a wiretapping scandal perpetrated by a secret presidential anti-terrorism cell, which he had implicated in the "Irish of Vincennes" affair for framing three Irish nationals on terrorism charges.[2]

In 2001, he was awarded the Prix Médicis essai for his essay Secrets de jeunesse (Secrets of Youth).[3] He resigned from Le Monde in November 2004,[4] and is currently the editor-in-chief of Mediapart, an Internet-based subscription journal which he founded in 2008.


  1. ^ World Who's Who, Routledge.
  2. ^ Brodeur, Jean-Paul; Dupeyron, Nicolas (2003). "Democracy and secrecy: the French intelligence community". Democracy, law, and security: internal security services in contemporary Europe. UK: Ashgate Publishing. ISBN 0754630021. 
  3. ^ Secrets de jeunesse de Edwy Plenel, Evene. (French)
  4. ^ Henley, Jon (30 November 2004). "Le Monde editor quits as problems mount". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 

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