Erik Izraelewicz

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Person.png Erik Izraelewicz  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(journalist, author, editor)
Erik Izraelewicz.jpg
Born6 February 1954
Strasbourg, France
Died27 November 2012 (Age 58)
Paris, France
Cause of death
heart attacks
Alma materlycée Kléber, Centre de formation des journalistes de Paris, École des hautes études commerciales, Sorbonne
Member ofFrench-American Foundation/Young Leaders/1994
Victim ofpremature death
Editor-in-chief in many newspapers

Employment.png Le Monde/Director

In office
2011 - 2012

Érik Izraelewicz[1] was a French journalist and author, specialised in economics and finance. From February 2011 he was director and editorial executive of the daily Le Monde, after having held the same position at the financial daily newspapers Les Echos and La Tribune.[2]

Life and career

Early life and education

Izraelewicz was born in Strasbourg, France, of Polish-Jewish parentage, and spent part of his early life in Haguenau, where his father worked as a physician.[3] He attended the lycée Robert Schumann in Haguenau and lycée Kléber in Strasbourg. In 1976 he finished the École des hautes études commerciales (HEC) in Jouy-en-Josas. After that, he studied at the Centre de formation des journalistes (CFJ) for two years,[4] and at the Sorbonne in Paris. He completed his studies in 1979 with a doctorat in international economics[5] [6].


Izraelewicz started his career as a journalist specialising in economics and finance at the weekly L′Usine nouvelle, in 1981 he joined L′Expansion. In 1985 he co-founded the financial daily La Tribune de l′économie, later La Tribune. In April 1986 he started working at the economics desk of Le Monde, where he covered French finances, banks and insurances, and became its head in September 1989.

From 1993 till 1994 he was Le Monde's correspondent in New York, where he was picked to join the 1994 class of “Young Leaders” of the French-American Foundation. In 1996 he became chief editor.

He left Le Monde in January 2000 to become managing editor of the financial daily Les Echos, becoming its director in 2007. He left Les Echos in February 2008, after having opposed the newspaper being sold to the LVMH group headed by Bernard Arnault, and joined La Tribune as director, shortly after the newspaper was bought by businessman Alain Weill,[7] who sold the unprofitable paper in May 2010. In July 2010 Izraelewicz left La Tribune,[8].

In January 2011 he applied for the position of director of Le Monde.[4] On 7 February 2011 he was appointed director, confirmed a few days later by the journalists of the newspaper with 74%.[9]

He was also a member of the Scientific Council of CEPII from 1995, of the Economic Commission of the Nation from 1997, and of the Board of Directors of the super elitist school ENA from 2001.

Izraelewicz collapsed from a heart attack while working in his newspaper office. Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead at a Paris hospital, aged 58.[10] He was succeeded as editor-in-chief by Natalie Nougayrede (of the Integrity Initiative).


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/201231 May 20123 June 2012US
The 58th Bilderberg, in Chantilly, Virginia. Unusually just 4 years after an earlier Bilderberg meeting there.
WEF/Annual Meeting/200421 January 200425 January 2004World Economic Forum
2069 billionaires, CEOs and their politicians and "civil society" leaders met under the slogan Partnering for Prosperity and Security. "We have the people who matter," said World Economic Forum Co-Chief Executive Officer José María Figueres.