Jean-François Kahn

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Jean-François Kahn
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Born (1938-06-12) June 12, 1938 (age 79)
Viroflay, France
Pen name François Darras
Occupation Journalist
Nationality French
Relatives Axel Kahn

Jean-François Kahn (born 12 June 1938) is a French journalist and essayist.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Born in Viroflay, Yvelines, he is the brother of scientist Axel Kahn, and son of a Jewish father and a Catholic mother.[2] Having obtained a degree in history, he started work at a postal sorting office, then at a printing works. He soon moved into journalism and was sent to cover the war in Algeria, undertaking the journalistic investigation that became known as the ‘Ben Barka affair’. Kahn then worked as a reporter for Paris-Press, L'Express and Europe 1. He later moved to Le Monde as special correspondent for North Africa. In 1977, he became editor of the compilation of the ‘Nouvelles Littéraires’ and in 1983, was named editor of Matin de Paris. In 1984, he created L'Événement du Jeudi then in 1997, together with Maurice Szafran, started the weekly magazine, Marianne, where he was the editor in chief until 2007. He often writes under the pseudonym of François Darras or Serge Maury.

Kahn has taken a clear position on many media subjects, including :

Partial bibliography[edit]

  • “God, How They Hated Him!”. Telos 44 (Summer 1980). New York: Telos Press.
  • La guerre civile, Seuil, 1982
  • Et si on essayait autre chose?, Seuil, 1983
  • Les Français sont formidables, Balland, 1987
  • Esquisse d'une philosophie du mensonge, Flammarion, 1992
  • Tout change parce que rien ne change, Fayard, 1994
  • On prend les mêmes et on recommence, Grasset et Fasquelle, 1997
  • Les poèmes politiques, Fayard, 1998
  • Tout était faux, Fayard, 1998
  • Demain la révolution, Flammarion, 1999
  • Chacun son tour, Stock, 2000
  • Complot contre la Démocratie, Denoël, 2000
  • La pensée unique, Fayard, 2000
  • Le retour de terre de Djid Andrew ; Critique de la raison capitaliste, Fayard, 2000
  • Victor Hugo un révolutionnaire ; L'extraordinaire Metamorphose, Fayard 2001
  • Moi, l'Autre et le loup, Fayard, 2001
  • Les Rebelles, ceux et celles qui ont dit non, Plon, 2001
  • Ce que Marianne en pense, éditions des Mille et une nuits, 2002
  • Le camp de la guerre, Critique de la déraison impure, Fayard, 2004
  • Dictionnaire incorrect, Plon, 2005
  • Comme deux frères - mémoire et visions croisées (avec Axel Kahn), Stock, 2006
  • Les bullocrates, Fayard, 2006


  1. ^ "Biographie de Jean-François Kahn" (in French). Retrieved 2007-10-29.  Biography published on
  2. ^ "Comme deux frères" (in French). Retrieved 2007-10-29.  Book summary published on
  3. ^ Doucet, David (19 May 2011). "L'affaire DSK, un "troussage de domestique"? Kahn s'excuse". L'Express. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Lichfield, John (May 23, 2011). "Feminists' anger at chauvinism of Strauss-Kahn affair". Independent. London. Retrieved May 27, 2011.