Christine Ockrent

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Christine Ockrent
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Christine Ockrent in 2010
Born (1944-04-24) 24 April 1944 (age 76)
Brussels, Belgium
Partner(s)Bernard Kouchner

Christine Ockrent (born 24 April 1944) is a Belgian journalist whose career has principally centered on French television.

She interviewed Amir Abbas Hoveyda, the former Iranian prime minister, in Evin prison after the Islamic revolution in 1979. It was the last interview with Hoveyda before his execution.

Early life[edit]

Ockrent was born in Brussels, Belgium, daughter of Belgian diplomat Roger Ockrent. She attended the Cours Hattemer, a private school in Paris.[1] She graduated from the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) in 1965.


She worked for American television and collaborated on 60 Minutes, the CBS news magazine. Back in France, she worked on Europe 1, a national radio station where she was in charge of morning news. In 1981, she became the first female anchor of the 8 pm news on the Antenne 2 television channel. Afterwards, she worked for TF1. By the end of her career, she had returned to France 2 as anchor of the evening news, and then for France 3 since 1990 where she was the host of different news magazines.

She was chief of the L'Express editorial office. For over a decade she presented France Europe Express, a TV show about European issues. She is a fervent supporter of a united Europe, she proved so by signing the Soros call for a federal answer to the crisis of the euro.[2]

Ockrent held the number two post at the Société de l'audiovisuel extérieur de la France, until she was relieved in May 2011. She refused to resign, saying that she had had to endure "nine months of manoeuvres that have sullied my honour and reputation".[3]

She is a former member of the Saint-Simon Foundation think-tank.

In 2002, Ockrent wrote the preface to Ma guerre à L'indifference (English: My war against indifference), a book by United Nations official Jean-Sélim Kanaan. She is the author of more than a dozen works including: La Double vie d'Hillary Clinton (The Double Life of Hillary Clinton), Robert Laffont (2001) Les Oligarques : le système Poutine (The Oligarchs, The Putin System), Robert Laffont (2014) Le Prince mystère de l'Arabie (The Mysterious Prince of Arabie). Mohammed Ben Salman, les mirages d'un pouvoir absolu, Robert Laffont (2018).

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Personal life[edit]

Ockrent is the life partner of Bernard Kouchner, a French politician and the former foreign minister,[5] with whom she had a son, Alexandre, born 11 March 1986.[6]


  1. ^ "Quelques Anciens Celebres". Hattemer. Archived from the original on 18 June 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-30.
  2. ^ "As concerned Europeans we urge eurozone leaders to unite". Financial Times. 12 October 2011.
  3. ^ Christine Ockrent. "AEF : Christine Ockrent demande 650.000 euros de dédommagements".
  4. ^ Members European Council on Foreign Relations.
  5. ^ Nouveau Grub Street, The Economist, 31 May 2007 (in English)
  6. ^ Notice biographique, Who's Who in France, 2008

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