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Anne-Sophie Lapix, a seasoned junior and pugnace at 20H of France 2

Ⓒ AFP/Archives – JOEL SAGET – | The journalist Anne-Sophie Lapix, on August 26, 2014 in Paris

Anne-Sophie Lapix, who will take on Monday the reins of the newspaper 20H of France 2, is a seasoned journalist, who for twenty years has built a solid reputation, especially for his interviews conducted with rare pugnacity.

At 45, the journalist who worked on the biggest chains of the country, from TF1 to France Télévisions via M6 and Canal +, faces the biggest challenge of her career: to reinforce and amplify the hearings of the JT de France 2, brought to heights by David Pujadas, and to reassemble the pieces in an editorial upset by the brutal departure of his predecessor.

The exercise is anything but a novelty for her, even though the stakes have never been so high: the journalist born in Saint-Jean-de-Luz (Pyrénées-Atlantiques) has already presented thousands of newscasts since her debut on the small screen in the 1990s, and was notably the “lining” of Claire Chazal ten years ago.

Anne-Sophie Lapix, a graduate of the Bordeaux Institute of Political Studies and a training center for journalists, joined Bloomberg TV, a financial information channel for ultra-modest audiences, where she presented JT and led of interviews.

Jean-Claude Dassier gives a great boost to his career in 1999 by hiring him on LCI.

– Forbidden zone and muscular interviews –

“I saw her on Bloomberg, I called her in the half hour and she was on LCI almost a week later. I was convinced she was not only a good professional but could expand her specter, “he told AFP.

Ⓒ AFP/Archives – ALEXANDER KLEIN – | The journalist Anne-Sophie Lapix in Paris, April 20, 2012

In 2005, she went on a major channel: M6 hired to animate Zone Interdite. The following year, she inaugurated the newspaper of the mid-day of the channel, that she leaves a few months later to return to TF1, where she becomes substitute of Claire Chazal for the newspapers of Friday and the weekend .

In 2008, new turn, it leaves on Canal + to present the political magazine “Sunday +”. She is noticed for her muscular interviews, especially in 2012 with Nicolas Sarkozy and Marine Le Pen.

Blonde, slender, telegenic, the presenter hooked to swimming never actually left her locked up in a Barbie doll role.

“She is very determined and does not allow herself to walk on her feet, without being a bad fellow,” says Jean-Claude Dassier, who wonders if she will not have to “round off a hair” angles in her new duties.

But the presenter does not intend to renounce her freedom of tone. “When we have a minister on the set, we are not there to let him unroll his elements of language,” she said this week in an interview with Elle magazine.

It was in 2013 that Anne-Sophie Lapix had joined the public service, to animate “C to you” on France 5. She also presented the political show Mots Croisés on France 2 in 2014-2015.

“Anne-Sophie, it has everything”, summed up this week Delphine Ernotte, the president of France Televisions, which took a few months ago the decision to appoint it at 8:00 pm instead of David Pujadas.

The latter is not the last to greet the path of the one who will replace him. “She is a passionate, hard-working person, with all the weapons to keep this dynamic going,” he told Le Figaro.

The journalist, who has always remained discreet about her private life, married in 2010 the publicist Arthur Sadoun, who has since become the boss of the French group Publicis, a global advertising giant, and has two sons from another relationship.

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