François-Michel Le Tourneau

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François-Michel Le Tourneau is a French geographer born in Léhon (Côtes d'Armor, France) in 1972. He is a senior research fellow at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). His work focus on settlement and use of sparsely populated areas, especially the Brazilian Amazon. He is particularly interested in indigenous people or traditional populations and their relationships with their territory. He has authored a number of papers in national and international scientific journals (list here on HAL-SHS, here on Researchgate or here on


He has published three books:

  1. Le Tourneau F.-M. (2013) Le Jari, géohistoire d’un grand fleuve amazonien, Rennes : PUR, 248 p.[1]
  2. Le Tourneau F.-M. (2010) Les Yanomami du Brésil, géographie d’un territoire amérindien. Belin : Paris, collection Mappemonde, 480 p.[2][3][4][5]
  3. Le Tourneau F.-M., Droulers M. (Dirs.) (2010) L’Amazonie brésilienne et le développement durable, Paris : Belin, 480 p.[6]


He organized a number of expeditions in remote and isolated regions of the Amazon and French Guiana, some of them were the subject of TV documentaries (see sources):

  • 2015 : « le raid des 7 bornes », a 320 km hike along the border between French Guiana and Brazil, in collaboration with the French Foreign Legion (TV show, radio program, blog)
  • 2013 : expédition Culari-Tampak, crossing between Brazil and French Guiana up the Jari and Culari rivers and then down the Tampak, (700 km of which 400 km canoeing) (radio program, interactive diary)
  • 2011 : expédition Mapaoni, up the Jari and Mapaoni rivers in Brazil until the Trijonction point between Brazil, French Guiana and Suriname (1500 km) (TV show).

He also publishes on a blog in the French edition of the Huffington Post


  1. ^ Forget, Marie (2014-10-30). "François-Michel Le Tourneau, Le Jari, Géohistoire d'un grand fleuve amazonien". Norois. Environnement, aménagement, société (in French) (232): 89–90. doi:10.4000/norois.5195. ISSN 0029-182X.
  2. ^ Arnauld de Sartre, Xavier (2011-10-05). "Le Tourneau François-Michel, Les Yanomami du Brésil. Géographie d'un territoire amérindien". Journal de la société des américanistes (in French) (97–1): 358–363. ISSN 0037-9174.
  3. ^ Théry, Hervé (2011-08-31). "François-Michel Le Tourneau, Les Yanomami du Brésil. Géographie d'un territoire amérindien". Cahiers des Amériques latines (in French). 2011/2 (67): 183–205. ISSN 1141-7161.
  4. ^ "Les Yanomami du Brésil. Géographie d'un territoire amérindien". Le Monde diplomatique. 2010-12-01. Retrieved 2017-01-13.
  5. ^ Ghorra-Gobin, Cynthia (2010-07-01). "François-Michel Le Tourneau, Les Yanomami du Brésil". Géographie et cultures (in French) (74): 129–130. ISSN 1165-0354.
  6. ^ Labarthe, Sunniva (2012-03-31). "Martine Droulers, François-Michel Le Tourneau (dir.), L'Amazonie brésilienne et le développement durable". Cahiers des Amériques latines (in French) (69): 178–183. ISSN 1141-7161.

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