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Christine Ockrent

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Nationality  Belgian
Role  Journalist
Children  Alexander Kouchner
Name  Christine Ockrent
Partner  Bernard Kouchner
Religion  Judaism
Education  Sciences Po
Occupation  Journalist
Spouse  Bernard Kouchner

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Born  24 April 1944 (age 71) (1944-04-24) Brussels, Belgium
Similar People  Bernard Kouchner, Beatrice Schonberg, Caroline Diament, Elsa Fayer, Claire Chazal

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Christine Ockrent (born 24 April 1944) is a Belgian journalist whose career has principally centered on French television.


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Early life

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Ockrent was born in Brussels, Belgium, daughter of Belgian diplomat Roger Ockrent. She attended the Cours Hattemer, a private school in Paris. She graduated from the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) in 1965.


She worked for American television and collaborated on 60 Minutes, the CBS news magazine. Back in France, she worked on Europe 1, a national radio station where she was in charge of morning news. In 1981, she became the first female anchor of the 8 pm news on the Antenne 2 television channel. Afterwards, she worked for TF1. By the end of her career, she had returned to France 2 as anchor of the evening news, and then for France 3 since 1990 where she was the host of different news magazines.

She was chief of the L'Express editorial office. For over a decade she presented France Europe Express, a TV show about European issues. She is a fervent supporter of a united Europe, she proved so by signing the Soros call for a federal answer to the crisis of the euro.

Ockrent held the number two post at the Société de l'audiovisuel extérieur de la France, until she was relieved in May 2011. She refused to resign, saying that she had had to endure "nine months of manoeuvres that have sullied my honour and reputation".

She is a former member of the Saint-Simon Foundation think-tank.

In 2002, Ockrent wrote the preface to Ma guerre à L’indifference (English: My war against indifference), a book by United Nations official Jean-Sélim Kanaan.

Personal life

She is the life partner of Bernard Kouchner, a French politician and the former foreign minister, with whom she had a son, Alexandre, born 11 March 1986.


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