Ladislas de Hoyos

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Ladislas de Hoyos
Born (1939-03-27)27 March 1939
Bruxelles, Belgium
Died 8 December 2011(2011-12-08) (aged 72)
Seignosse, France
Occupation Journalist, politician

Ladislas de Hoyos (Ladislaus Alfons Konstantin Heinrich Johannes de Hoyos) born into the Austro-Hungarian Counts de Hoyos family (March 27, 1939 – December 8, 2011) was a French TV journalist and politician. He was news broadcaster for TF1's and is known to have been the first journalist to interview in 1972 the former Gestapo member Klaus Barbie who was detained in Bolivia. Barbie lived under the alias of Klaus Altmann and De Hoyos managed with Beate Klarsfeld to discover where the war criminal was hidden. De Hoyos covered in 1987 the trial of Barbie in Lyon[1] and wrote a book about him.

He was elected as mayor of Seignosse in 2001 and was reelected in 2008.[2] Ladislas de Hoyos died in office as mayor of Seignosse.

In 1991, Ladislas de Hoyos left the 20 hours of TF1. In 1997, he worked at Radio France Inter to produce the history magazine The Days of the Century. In 2001 he was elected mayor of Seignosse, Les Landes, position he held until his death. In July 2006, he was appointed Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur.

In 1975, he married Corinne Meilhan-Bordes, air hostess at Air France with whom he has two daughters, Amelie and Charlotte. He divorced after meeting in 1990 Magali Fernández-Salazar, young foreign philosopher and journalist at Radio France Internationale, with whom he began a relationship that lasted until the end of his life.

He died December 8, 2011 in Seignosse where he is buried.


  1. ^ "Le Figaro - Flash Actu : TV: Ladislas de Hoyos est mort". Retrieved 2011-12-09. 
  2. ^ "Mort de l’ancien journaliste de TF1 Ladislas de Hoyos - Voici" (in French). Retrieved 2011-12-09.