Josyane Savigneau (born 14 July 1951) is a French journalist and writer for Le Monde.

Josyane Savigneau



Savigneau was born in Châtellerault, France.

She became editor-in-chief of Le Monde des Livres, editorial subdivision of Le Monde (2005).

She has written three biographies – on Marguerite Yourcenar,[1] Carson McCullers, and Juliette Gréco – as well as an auto-biography.

She is a supporter of the paedophile writings of Gabriel Matzneff, whose book, entitled The Under 16s and other works gave graphic descriptions and mentioned children as young as eight, and she dismissed the scandal as a “witch-hunt”.[2]


  • Marguerite Yourcenar, l'invention d'une vie, Gallimard/Folio, 1993, ISBN 2-07-038738-0
  • Carson McCullers, un cœur de jeune fille, Stock, 1995, ISBN 978-2-253-14109-9
  • Juliette Gréco : hommage photographique, Actes Sud, 1998, ISBN 978-2-7427-2059-0
  • Un point de côté, Stock, 2008, ISBN 978-2-234-05489-9


  1. ^ Amoia, Alba della Fazia; Knapp, Bettina Liebowitz (2004). Multicultural Writers Since 1945: An A-to-Z Guide. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 542. ISBN 9780313306884.
  2. ^ Child sex scandal sparks soul-searching in France, Financial Times, January 10 2020.