Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, a brief introduction of a World renowned journalist

Patrik Poivre d’Arvor is a French journalist and writer that has over 30 years’ experience in the industry.

His appearances consist of over 4,500 editions, obtaining his first job on France Inter in 1971 as a newsreader for the morning spot.

He is often referred to by his nickname PPDA.

Early Life

Born on 20th September 1947 in Reims, France and obtained his Baccalaureat at the age of 15. After studying Law and Oriental Language he studied to become a journalist at the Centre de formation des journalists (CFJ.) PPDA got his first role on France Inter as a newsreader in 1971.

In 1974, d’Arvor joined Antenne 2 and made his first appearance on the station in 1975. He moved to bulletins in 1976 and left the station in 1983 to spend a short time with Canal+.

It was then TF1 who took on d’Arvor to initially front “A la folie pas du tout” in 1986, which was followed by “Ex Libris.”

Patrick Poire d’Arvor went on to front bulletins for TF1 in 1987, which were broadcast at 8.00 p.m. on a Monday evening and kept this role until his dismissal in 2008.

It was announced that d’Arvour was to be replaced by Laurence Ferarri, and while no official reason given, many outlets speculated that the dismissal was due to d’Arvour upsetting President Nicolas Sarkozy, who was a friend of Martin Bouygues, the head of TF1.

As well as becoming a renowned journalist in his own right, d’Arvor was also part of the French TV show “Fort Boyard” in 2010, as also had a voice-only role in the French dub of the Disney-Pixar movie “The Incredibles” as a reporter.


Despite his popularity, PPDA had his fair share of controversy during his career, the most famous being an interview with Cuban president Fidel Castro. The interview broadcast on 16 December 1991 was found to have questions added after the case and was exposed by Telerama journalist Pierre Carles.

In 2008, PPDA clashed with TF1 Again, this time with former Chief Executive, Nonce Paolini. An interview by Bretons saw PPDA accuse Paolini of installing a clocking-in system with access badges and stated a police force was used to monitor staff moments.

This resulted in Paolini filing for defamation of character in the Correctional Tribunal of Paris.

In 2011, PPDA was accused of stealing work of a US author in a book about Ernest Hemmingway.

Private Life

PPDA was married to Veronique Courcoux from 1971 and divorced in 2010. During this time, he fathered three daughters and one son.

One of his daughters Solenn committed suicide at a metro station in 1995. Solenn had been a long-time sufferer of anorexia and bulimia. PPDA was criticized for presenting his bulletins so soon after his daughter’s death.

There was also rumour circulating the 1990s that PPDA had an affair with Claire Chazal. Both Chazal and PPDA refused to acknowledge the affair until Poivre admitted the he was the father of Chazal’s son in the 2005 book “Confessions” by Serge Raffy.