Cypel is the holder of degrees in International Relations, Sociology and Contemporary History. Cypel, whose father, Jacques Cypel, editor-in-chief of Unzer Wort (Our Word), the world's last Yiddish-language daily newspaper until it was closed down in Paris in 1996, was a leader of the Zionist movement in France.
Cypel lived in Israel for 12 years. He studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and was a member of Matzpen. In 1970, together with Menahem Carmi, he split away from Matzpen, and established the Workers' League (commonly known as Avantgarde, trotskist movement).
In 1998 he left Courrier International magazine where he'd worked for five years as editor-in chief, and joined Le Monde as deputy head of the international section. He is currently Le Monde's New York correspondent.
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