Francoise Giroud


Françoise Giroud (née France Gourdji) born Lausanne, Switzerland September 21, 1916 (d. 2003). French feminist writer; journalist and politician; arrested and imprisoned for resistance to Germans 1943-4; founded weekly L'Express1953, opposing colonial wars in Indo-China and Algeria; headed Action against Hunger 1984; first French Minister of women's affairs 1974.


"That first Express, Indochina and Algeria was a journal of criticism: A fighting journal! Fight against the war in Indochina, then fight against the war in Algeria." (l’Express interview, June 3, 1999: photo