Famous French television interviewer
and radio journalist, Anne Sinclair currently works as a freelance
journalist for the French TV channel Canal +, on which she regularly
appears to comment the American political life. She has also analysed
the US 2008 presidential election campaign for the French weekly
magazine, Paris Match, and the leading French sunday newspaper, Le Journal du Dimanche.
After starting her career as a radio journalist, Anne Sinclair gained national prominence during her years as a broadcast interviewer and television producer.
From 1984 to 1997, she has hosted one of the most famous and popular broadcast news and political shows, called “7/7”, on TF1, the largest French and European television channel by its audience. She has quickly become one of the most famous French journalists, conducting more than 500 interviews over the course of her show. By her interview style, her program was often compared to US interview programs Larry King Live or Charlie Rose.
For 13 years, Anne Sinclair has hosted the most renowned national and international leading figures for a one-hour interview, every Sunday evening, at 7 pm.
Among her political guests, Anne Sinclair has interviewed, one or several times, French Presidents François Mitterrand, Nicolas Sarkozy as well as President Clinton or Mikhail Gorbachev. She has hosted many international heads of state and Prime Ministers, such as Shimon Peres in Jerusalem, Felipe Gonzales in Madrid or German Chancellors Helmut Kohl and Gerhard Schroder.
For special coverage, Anne Sinclair has conducted many interviews abroad. She interviewed First Lady Hillary R. Clinton in Washington, the UN Secretary General in New-York, during the First Gulf War, Prince Charles in London or the King of Morocco in Rabat.
Primarly focused on politics, notable episodes of her shows have included special guests such as Madonna, Sharon Stone, Paul McCartney, Woody Allen, George Soros, Bill Gates, Daniel Barenboim or Mother Teresa. She has interviewed French famous artists, such as Johnny Hallyday, Alain Delon, Yves Montand, Simone Signoret or renowned writers, such as Umberto Eco, Bernard-Henri Levy or Elie Wiesel.
Her show was a critical success and became the most watched political program, with 10 to 12 millions of viewers weekly – a record of audience for a political program in Europe. Anne Sinclair has won 4 Sept dOr, the French equivalent to the Emmy Awards.
In 1997, when her husband, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, became French Finance Minister, she chose to stop presenting her show to avoid any conflict of interest. She then created the Internet subsidiary company of TF1, the TV channel she had been working with since her beginning. She has run it for 4 years before going back to journalism. In 2003, she launched a cultural radio program on France Inter, the French equivalent to NPR. She also wrote several bestsellers on politics.
Born in New-York, Anne Sinclair graduated in politics from Sciences-Po Paris (Paris Institute for Political Studies) and in law from the University of Paris. She lives in Washington D.C. with her husband, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was named Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund in November 2007. In early October 2008, Anne Sinclair launched a blog to comment the US and international political news, “annesinclair.fr” which is now one of the top ten political French blogs. She is also working on a book about the American political life.