BIOGRAPHY OF FRANCOIS BUSNEL – Journalist and literary critic, François Busnel is best known for presenting La Grande Librairie on France 5.
This is an event that is offered tonight on France 2. The channel exclusively broadcasts an interview with Barack Obama this Tuesday, November 17, 2020 from 8:35 pm. And while we could have expected that the presenter of the Newspaper of the Two, Anne-Sophie Lapix, leads this interview with the former American president, it is to François Busnel that this task falls. This choice is justified because of the current profession of the former tenant of the White House: “writer before being president”, justifies the Parisian Sophie de Closets, the director of Fayard. This is why the literary journalist from France Television lends himself to the exercise. Indeed, Barack Obama intervenes on the occasion of the publication of the first volume of his Memoirs.
François Busnel is not only a journalist specializing in literature, presenting La Grande Librairie on France 5 since 2008, but also a specialist in the United States. Since 2017, he has directed the magazine America, which dissects the United States under Donald Trump. This review will end in 2021, at the end of the term of the current President of the United States. Before running La Grande Librairie on a weekly basis, François Busnel became known to the public as editor-in-chief of the “Libres” section of L’Express (2006-2008), but also as producer of the Grand Entretien on France Inter (2010 to 2013). From 2008 to 2015, he also wrote editorials in the columns of L’Express. On the private side, the literary journalist is the novelist’s companion Delphine de Vigan.
François Busnel is a journalist, critic, producer and radio and television host. He specializes in literature. Passed by L’Express as editor-in-chief and columnist but also the Grand Interview on France Inter, it is above all as a presenter on France 5 that he is known: since 2008, he hosts the literary program La Grande Librairie every week. A fine connoisseur of the United States, he founded with Eric Fottorino (Le Un) in 2017 the magazine America, which aims to paint the portrait of the United States under the presidency of Donald Trump. The publication will end in 2021, at the end of the mandate of the American president. In 2020, he won the exclusive interview with Barack Obama, former President of the United States, on the occasion of the publication of the first volume of his Memoirs.
François Busnel was born on May 8, 1969 in Argenteuil, in the department of Val-d’Oise (Ile-de-France). We don’t know much about his childhood, except that his father was a chartered accountant, and his mother stayed at home. Very little information is known about the rest of his family.
In his youth, François Busnel took a DEA in history and philosophy, but from his youth, began to distinguish himself as a journalist, offering freelance posts in several editorial staff. From 1990 to 1995, he started at RFI reporting in the Middle East and Africa.
François Busnel is discreet about his private life. However, we know that he has been in a relationship for several years with the novelist Delphine de Vigan (No and me). This relationship will also have sparked controversy, since the journalist invited her to La Grande Librairie in 2011 without indicating that she was his companion. The interview, very complimentary, drew the attention of Liberation, Halt on images and Charlie Hebdo, the presenter being accused of conflict of interest. However, he will defend himself against this accusation. In the columns of Télé Star in 2018, he indicates to have invited his companion on his show “only in 2011, and I had only known her for a few weeks. Today, I would not do it again.”
François Busnel does not reveal his private life in broad daylight. In the columns of Star TV on February 8, 2018, he mentions in the twist of a question being the father of a girl, now in her twenties, without saying more: “To kill an author does not interest me. Certain sets have become boxing rings. That does not suit me. The star is not me. I have an 18 year old daughter. Her friends, bottle-fed with sarcasm, do not always go well … ‘we listen to each other, we marvel. It makes you happier. “
Since 2008, François Busnel has hosted La Grande Librairie, a literary program broadcast weekly on France 5. But during the second confinement, he hosted La P’titre librairie, a short program in which he offered to (re) discover works by Literature. The show is broadcast every day on France 5. The episodes are available for replay on the website of France.TV.
After the election of Donald Trump at the end of 2016, François Busnel and Eric Fottorino decided to found the quarterly review America. This one proposes to draw the portrait of America of the new American president, by American authors. The first issue is put on sale in 2017. The review will end in 2021, at the end of the term of the tenant of the White House. However, America had some success, with each issue sold between 30,000 and 40,000 copies.