Writer and translator, she has also held judicial and diplomatic positions. In her last two books, Petit Seigneur and especially in Les Couleurs du Sultan, she reveals the reality behind the myths about the Assad regime and the complexity of Syrian society.
A freelance journalist specialized in the Arab world since 2009, since 2011 she has covered the conflict in Syria, her homeland, notably for “Libération” and “L’Express”. She also trains young Arabic speaking Syrian, Palestinian and Algerian journalists.
For two years during the creation of the French television channel and Website “France 24”, she worked as editor in chief at the Arab desk. Previously, for over twenty years, she worked in communication and information for several regional and international organizations (Arab League, Francophonie, UNESCO …) notably as editor of publications, newsletters and websites.
In October 2014, she made a 26 minute TV reportage on the Islamic state intitled “Du chaos au Califat ” (“From chaos to the caliphate”) for ArteTV.
In March 2014, she published La Syrie promise (Editons Sindbad) and has also translated into French Du despotism ( Actes Sud, 2016) by Abdel Rahman Kawakibi.
Consultant, Arabist and specialist in the Arab-Muslim world. She is a researcher at the International Diplomatic Academy (L’Académie diplomatique international – ADI) and an associate professor at the Institute of Political Studies (IEP) and the National School of Administration (ENA) in Paris.
She was director of information and programs at the radio network RMC-MO (an Arabic subsidiary of Radio France Internationale RFI) and assistant managing editor at France 24 television in charge of the Arab antenna.
She served as an expert on the Middle East for the General Secretariat of Defense and National Security (SGDSN) before being in charge of the Arab and Persian world office at the Delegation for Strategic Affairs (DAS) of the French Ministry of Defense.
She graduated from the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (literal and colloquial Arabic), and holds a postgraduate degree in the contemporary Arab world studies from IEP Paris.
She has written books and numerous articles on the Middle East (mostly in French) including: Jerusalem: from division to sharing? (Michalon editions), A users manuel for the Middle East (Stock). She is co-author of Lebanon: a 33-day war (La Découverte), and Syria at present (Actes Sud) and The Mediterranean: 30 voices for building a common future (Ipemed, collection “Building the Mediterranean”).
She has lived many times in the Middle East, and spent two years in Syria at the Institute of Arab Studies in Damascus.
Reporter for the French television channel TF1 until January 2013, she was formerly their correspondant in Jerusalem and in Moscow.
Holds a PhD in International Relations. She is an associate researcher at the Thucydide Centre (University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas) and holds the chair in Contemporary History of the Arab world at the Collège de France. She is president of the Circle for research on the Middle East (CCMO) and edited the collective book Le monde face aux révolutions arabes (Editions du Cygne, Paris, 2012).