Claude Imbert, a press boss between influence and opacity – Libération

Claude Imbert, a press boss between influence and opacity – Libération
Claude Imbert, a press boss between influence and opacity – Libération

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The men of rue du Baccase

Among the men that Inès Chatin accuses of having belonged to a group of child criminals, we find the founder of “Point” who died in 2016. His Greco-Roman references and his taste for secrecy appear in a new light in light of revelations from “Liberation”.

How can we imagine ourselves, in the light of the revelations of Release on a child crime case in which it appears, and which has given rise, since October 23, 2023, to a preliminary investigation by the Paris Prosecutor’s Office, that the man has shone on a page in the history of journalism in France? Claude Imbert, who founded point in 1972, was accused by Inès Chatin, 50, of having subjected her to sexual abuse in an apartment on rue de Varenne when she was very young, then of having raped her at his home, and in his vacation home in Perroy, in Switzerland.

The facts revealed by the complainant shake her image as a figure in the press who was part of this generation of big bosses whose name is associated with a major title, alongside Claude Perdriel and Jean Daniel at New Observer or Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber, known as “JJSS”, and Françoise Giroud at the Express. It is in the columns of the latter that the former journalist at AFP, where he was a reporter in Africa, made a name for himself, before leaving his post as editor-in-chief, accusing JJSS of putting the weekly in the service of his electoral ambitions. With seven other dissidents from the Express, Claude Imbert launches point, third newsmagazine at

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