Philippe Alexandre, great voice of RTL, frequently parodied by the “Guignols”, died at 90

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Journalist Philippe Alexandre, former great voice of RTL, died on Monday October 31 at the age of 90.

Journalist Philippe Alexandre, former political columnist at RTL known for the bite of his chronicles and author of numerous books, sometimes controversial, died Monday morning October 31 at 90 in Le Touquet, his family announced to AFP.

“Philippe Alexandre passed away peacefully this morning,” said one of his two daughters, Agnès Alexandre-Collier, in a message sent to AFP with the agreement of his sister and mother-in-law, the journalist. and writer Béatrix de l’Aulnoit. Columnist at RTL from 1969 to 1996 also worked on television alongside Serge July, “he will be buried in the cemetery of Le Touquet”, in Pas-de-Calais, this Saturday.

“Pioneer of itching hair”

A “purely political” journalist with the air of Inspector Colombo, Philippe Alexandre was a “pioneer of radio scratch hair and drypoint lines”, said his accomplice on television, co-founder of “Liberation”, Serge July. His columns on RTL, listened to every morning by hundreds of thousands of listeners, were feared by politicians on all sides. Some of them “can translate moods, bad faith, excesses, he declared to Figaro in 2016. But isn’t this specific to the function of editorial writer?”.

Born in Paris on March 14, 1932 into a family of Jewish origin, whose story he told in “My tribe more than French” (2017), he began in journalism in 1951 as an editor at “Combat”. He joined RTL in 1969 after going through “L’Oise Librée”, “Jours de France”, “Le Nouveau Candide” or “Le Figaro Littéraire”.

“The man with libel trials as numerous as his political works” as Le Monde described him, spared no head of state. He claimed that the Élysée had asked for his resignation in 1982 “to appease François Mitterrand to whom my chronicles gave hives”.

“The Debate”, “Sunday evening”, “the Guignols”

On television, from 1989 to 1992, he co-hosted the political program “Le Débat” on TF1, with Serge July and Michèle Cotta, then, in the 90s, “Dimanche soir” on France 3 with Christine Ockrent and July, which earned him frequent parodies in the “Guignols de l’Info”, on Canal +. He left RTL in 1996, after the merger of the Compagnie luxembourgeoise de télédiffusion (CLT) with the German group Bertelsmann.

Having become a political columnist for BFM, France 3 and various magazines, Philippe Alexandre has published some twenty books, including “Landscapes of the countryside” (on the 1988 presidential election, price Today), “Too many taxes kills l ’employment’ (2005) or “Dictionary of Lovers of Politics” (2011). He co-wrote several books with his companion Béatrix de l’Aulnoit, including a pamphlet against Martine Aubry, “La Dame des 35 heures” (2002), which provoked the fury of the socialist leader.

Philippe Alexandre, great voice of RTL, frequently parodied by the “Guignols”, died at 90