Mazarine Pingeot
Mazarine Marie Pingeot who changed her name to Mazarine Marie Pingeot-Mitterrand in 2005, is a writer, journalist and professor.


Daughter of former French president François Mitterrand
François Mitterrand
François Maurice Adrien Marie Mitterrand was the 21st President of the French Republic and ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra, serving from 1981 until 1995. He is the longest-serving President of France and, as leader of the Socialist Party, the only figure from the left so far elected President...

 and his mistress
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 Anne Pingeot
Anne Pingeot
Anne Pingeot was the mistress of François Mitterrand, the former President of the French Republic. Together they had a daughter, Mazarine Pingeot....

. She is said to be named after the Bibliothèque Mazarine
Bibliothèque Mazarine
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, the oldest library in France
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, because of her parents' love for books. The existence of this daughter of president Mitterrand was long hidden from the press. Ensuring confidentiality about it was one of the motivations behind some of the illegal wiretapping that Mitterrand ordered under the guise of fighting terrorism
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She was a student first at the elite lycée Henri-IV in Paris and then at the École Normale Supérieure de Fontenay-Saint-Cloud
École normale supérieure lettres et sciences humaines
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 (now named the École Normale Supérieure Lettres et Sciences Humaines
École normale supérieure lettres et sciences humaines
The École Normale Supérieure Lettres et Sciences Humaines, or ENS LSH, was an elite French grande école specialising in the arts, humanities and social sciences...

), a highly prestigious school. In 1997 she passed the agrégation
In France, the agrégation is a civil service competitive examination for some positions in the public education system. The laureates are known as agrégés...

 de philosophie
, and then started to write her Ph.D. thesis on the philosopher Spinoza, working as an assistant at the Université de Provence Aix-Marseille I.

She is also a journalist (writing for ELLE
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magazine between 1999 and 2001) and a television anchor (on a French cable television channel, Paris Première
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In 1998, she published her first novel, titled Premier Roman ("First Novel"), which was not highly praised by critics but was translated into many languages, including English. In 2000 she published Zeyn or the Reconquest, for which Charles Bremner of The Times
The Times
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wrote "If there was a prize for braving the ridicule of critics, it would go to Mazarine Pingeot" (May 8, 2000). In 2003, she published a series of literary comments, "They told me who I was" ("they" being the books). In February 2005, she published her fourth book, Not a Word, a diary about her childhood life as a national secret. In 2007 she published her fifth book, Le Cimetière des poupées (The Cemetery of the Dolls), a novel about a woman who kills her baby and put it in a freezer.


A son, Ascot, was born on July 11, 2005, to Mazarine Pingeot and her companion, film producer Mohamed Ulad-Mohand. Their second child, a daughter named Tara, was born on October 5, 2007.

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