Patrick de Saint-Exupéry

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Patrick de Saint-Exupéry in May 2008

Patrick de Saint-Exupéry (born 1962) is the son of Count Jacques de Saint-Exupéry and the Countess de Saint-Exupéry, born as Martine d'Anglejan. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the aviator and writer, was the cousin of his grandfather. Patrick started his career in journalism at age 19 after winning a young reporters award.

He has worked for several newspapers :

  • France Soir Magazine starting in 1983;
  • France Soir at the foreign service in 1987;
  • Freelancer for L'Express and Grands Reportages in 1988;
  • Le Figaro, foreign service desk, starting in 1989.

During the course of his career he has covered events in Africa, Cambodia, Canada, Liberia, South Africa, the Gulf War, Iran, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Rwanda, and finally Moscow, where he was a permanent correspondent from 2000 to 2004. In 2005 he resumed working in Africa again as a journalist for Le Figaro.

He won the Albert Londres Award in 1991 for his series of reports on the Liberian civil war and the end of apartheid.[1] Patrick de Saint-Exupéry is also a member of the Albert Londres Award's jury.[2]

In 2004 Saint-Exupéry's wrote a book entirely devoted to France in Rwanda, entitled L'Inavouable (Unspeakable), in which he led Dominique de Villepin to the scene of his reports during Operation Turquoise. Two days after the publication of his book, he spoke at a conference at the French National Assembly on the involvement of France in Rwanda. This book was revised in a new edition in April 2009 on the occasion of the fifteenth anniversary of the beginning of the Rwandan Genocide. Titled Complices de l'inavouable: la France au Rwanda (Accomplices of the unspeakable: France in Rwanda),[3] it is published by Arenas.

In January 2008, Saint-Exupéry took a leave from Figaro to launch, with Laurent Beccaria, the newsmagazine XXI where he is editor-in-chief.[4]


  1. ^ "les lauréats depuis 1933" (in French). Retrieved July 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Présentation du Prix Albert Londres" (in French). Retrieved July 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ Patrick de Saint-Exupéry. Complices de l'inavouable: la France au Rwanda, Arènes, 2009, ISBN 2352040833, ISBN 9782352040835.
  4. ^ "L'équipe" (in French). Retrieved July 8, 2011.