Jacques Lesourne

A Man of Our Time From the Ecole Polytechnique to Economic Forecasting and the newspaper Le Monde Publication date : April 1, 2000

Jacques Lesourne is a former publisher of the French daily Le Monde who greatly contributed towards its economic survival. He was a brilliant student at the École Polytechnique, and, before working for the press, he taught economics and was an internationally renowned economics forecaster.
The life of this rigorous and demanding intellectual is played against the background of the economic and political landscape of France since the Liberation. It covers the post-war nationalisations, the economic reconstruction of the ’50s, and the modernisation of France during the past three decades.
His inquiring mind leads him to constantly question his own economic theories, confronting them with current events. His interest in politics makes him reflect upon the careers of the political figures who have played a major role in French history during the past 50 years.

Jacques Lesourne is a former publisher of the French daily Le Monde. He taught economics and industrial statistics at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers. He is the author of numerous works, including Vérités et Mensonges sur le Chômage and Le Modèle français: Grandeur et Décadence.