Pierre Lescure

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Pierre Lescure
Pierre Lescure 2012.jpg
Pierre Lescure in 2012
Born (1945-07-02) 2 July 1945 (age 77)
Paris, France
OccupationTV presenter
PartnerCatherine Deneuve (1984–1991)

Pierre Lescure (born 2 July 1945) is a French journalist and television executive. He is known for having founded the French TV music show Les Enfants du rock broadcast on public television from 1981 to 1988 and for having led the French Canal+ channel from its creation in 1984 to 2002. Since 2015 he has been the president of the Cannes Film Festival.[1]


He is the son of François Lescure, French Resistance member and journalist for the French communist daily newspaper L'Humanité, and the grandson of Pierre de Lescure, founder of the publishing house Les Éditions de Minuit. He grew up in Choisy-le-Roi. He studied journalism at the Centre de formation des journalistes de Paris.

He started his career at the radio station RTL, where he was reporter and news anchor from 1965 to 1968, and moved to RMC from 1968 to 1972.[2]

He started working in television as a news anchor of the evening news program of the French public network Antenne 2. In 1981, he created the TV music show Les Enfants du rock.

He supported the candidacy of François Hollande during the 2012 French presidential election,[3] and has led a mission about Culture and Media in his government.

He became president of the Cannes Film Festival in 2014.[4]



  1. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (2020-05-13). "Cannes President Pierre Lescure Talks Festival Label & Tie-Up With Venice". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-10-17.
  2. ^ Roche, François. "Lescure : « Au début de Canal +, nous faisions rire le Tout-Paris »", L'Expansion, December 17th, 1998
  3. ^ "De nombreuses personnalités apportent leur soutien à François Hollande : la preuve en vidéos !", Socialist Party website, May 1st, 2012.
  4. ^ Pierre Lescure officiellement à la tête du Festival de Cannes, Le Monde, 14 January 2014