He grew up in Algeria, where his father was military. After studying history and geography, he became a journalist. In 1950 he moved to Brazil. For three years he worked for the Brazilian newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo, where he remains a correspondent in France for more than forty years. Back in France, he worked in Le Monde, the Figaro Littéraire and Combat . He participated in the Bernard Pivot program, "Ouvrez les guillemets" ("Open the quotes") which became Apostrophes". In France Culture, he produced the show "Agora" and then "En étrange pays" ("in foreign countries").
He serves on the editorial board of La Quinzaine littéraire. He appears at the Étonnants voyageurs festival at Saint-Malo.