Hello, my name is Pauline. I joined AFP in 2006, having obtained a bachelor’s degree in history as well as a master’s in journalism from the École supérieure de journalisme de Lille. Throughout my career at the Agency, I held various positions in production that led me to cover breaking news on the field. As such, in 2010, I joined the general information department as a correspondent, covering the suburbs to begin with before moving to police matters, terrorism and attacks, notably the wave of jihadist attacks. In May 2019, I became Deputy to the Head of Social Media and Fact-Checking, which allowed me to approach journalism from a different angle than I had grown accustomed to, starting from the fact before verifying them.
Hello, my name is Jean-Luc. I have been French Director at Agence France-Presse since September 2017, as well as Deputy Director of Information since March 2019. I joined AFP in 1987, having obtained a Master of Advanced Studies in political science as well as a degree from the Centre de formation des journalistes (CFJ). I began my career at AFP as a journalist at the Besançon bureau. I then moved to the Washington, D.C. bureau, where I worked as a journalist covering the 1992 US presidential election. Transferring to Paris in 1994, I joined the Politics Division, as a correspondent reporting on Parliament issues to begin with, followed by Matignon (the official residence of the French Prime Minister) from 1997 to 2002. Head of the Economics Division between 2004 and 2008, I went on to hold the position of Editor-in-Chief up until 2012 before becoming French Director in 2015.
Hello, my name is Karim. I am Deputy Editor-in-Chief for Europe at Agence France- Presse. After several years in print journalism, I joined AFP’s Moscow bureau in 2004, covering the rise in power of President Vladimir Poutine. After several years in freezing Russia, I took up a posting in Baghdad covering the raging civil war before moving to Kabul where I reported on the Taliban: I then headed to the Paris bureau where I got the opportunity to report on the rebellion against the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi as well as the start of the Syrian Civil War. In 2014, I returned to the Moscow bureau as Editor-in-Chief. Since 2018, I have been Deputy Editor-in-Chief for Europe.
Hello, my name is Yannick. I am Head of the IT and Editorial Systems Department at Agence France-Presse. I joined AFP in 2006 as a Systems Engineer, having spent 2 years working on a project as consultant for the Agency’s IT department. I then worked in the Development Department for the Business Applications Division, which I became responsible for in 2014. In 2019, I became Head of the IT and Editorial Systems Department.
Hello, my name is Caroline. I am a Communications Officer at Agence France- Presse. I joined AFP as an apprentice in 2011, as part of my Master’s degree in New Communication and Tourism at Paris-Dauphine University, Having obtained my Master’s in 2012, I worked for various other companies over the course of a few years. In 2016, I rejoined AFP as a Communications Officer, working for the Brand and Communications department.
Richard joined AFP in Berlin in 2009 where he used his experience as a financial markets journalist to cover the euro debt crisis in Germany and across the eurozone. He came to Paris in 2013 as an editor on the Europe-Africa desk before joining the Paris bureau as news editor, covering notably the attack on Charlie Hebdo and the rise of Emmanuel Macron. He returned to the desk as head in 2016 and was posted to Tokyo in 2017 where he covered the run-up to the Olympics and the Rugby World Cup. Since 2020, he has been deputy global chief editor, responsible for the Agency’s output on a day-to-day basis, co-ordinating with editors and reporters around the whole AFP global network.
Halima is a Java developer in the IT Department of AFP's Editorial Systems. After obtaining a master’s degree in Software Engineering from Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble in 2007, she started her professional career with different companies as a Java consultant. She worked first for AFP in 2020 as a service provider and joined the staff in 2021. Halima is part of the Document Back-end Department, which is in charge of developing applications that manage editorial documents (news dispatches, photos, videos, etc.) and consolidating the information provided by other applications, from production to archiving.
Christine Briemel has more than 30 years of experience in human resources for international groups. She worked for seven years with the pharmaceutical group Johnson & Johnson, where she held several positions, including Director Europe Middle East Africa of Talent Development. She was responsible for the management of human resources at Westinghouse (energy sector) for France, Belgium, and South Africa for 14 years and then was appointed in 2017 as HR director France of the German group Kaefer Wanner where she faced various challenges. Christine joined AFP in spring 2021 as Director of Human Resources. She is responsible for the human resources strategy for the journalist network, in France and internationally. In the short term, the main challenges are developing and harmonizing an international HR policy, digitalizing HR processes, and implementing a mobility and diversity policy.
Having graduated in journalism from CELSA, Daphné worked for three years as a freelance text, radio, and TV writer before being recruited by AFP in the Jerusalem office. She then joined the Berlin office, where she covered the German economy. Passionate about adventures, encounters, human experiences, and writing, since the beginning of 2020 she has been a reporter at the Investigations Hub in Paris, where she now works on trials, attacks, and social issues. She has also gone on missions abroad, spending several weeks in Afghanistan and more recently in Ukraine.
Yassine graduated in political science and later from the CFJ (Centre de formation des journalistes). He joined AFP in 2014. He has held various positions and has reported from the ground. In 2015, he joined the sports department and then shifted to the football section, where he covered the 2018 World Cup. In September 2020, he became a reporter in charge of new technologies, first for the economics department and then the digital/culture department.
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