He was involved in the publication of Tel Quel. and he became friends with Roland Barthes and Philippe Sollers. He was Severo Sarduy's partner until the latter's death. He also taught French to Elie Wiesel in 1947.
In 1987, Wahl, acting as Roland Barthes's literary executor, published his essays Incidents, which tells of his homosexual bouts with Moroccan young men, and Soirées de Paris, which chronicles his difficulty to find a male lover in Paris. Wahl met with controversy, compounded by the fact that he refused to publish more of Barthes's seminars.
- L'éditeur François Wahl est mort (in French)
- Bill Marshall, France and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History (Transatlantic Relations), ABC-CLIO Ltd, 2005, p.1045 
- Francois Dosse and Deborah N. Glassman, History of Structuralism: The Sign Sets, 1967-Present v. 2, University of Minnesota Press, 1997, p. 78 
- George Haggerty (ed.), Encyclopedia of Gay Histories and Cultures: 2, Routledge, 1999, p. 1192.
- Emilio Bejel, Gay Cuban Nation, Chicago University Press, 2001, p. 32 
- Maria G. Cattell and Jacob Climo, Social Memory and History: Anthropological Perspectives, AltaMira Press, 2002, p. 331 
- Jonathan Culler, Barthes: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1983, pp.110-112
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