The Editorial Director of Paris Match Olivier Royant, emblematic figure of the magazine, died on the night of Wednesday to Thursday at the age of 58, announced the Lagardère group.
“Olivier was a great professional, sensitive and his benevolent gaze on others was rare (…) He carried out his mission to the end, thank you to him for his precious contribution to the magazine”greeted the group in a press release.
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The causes of his death have not been disclosed.
A graduate of Sciences Po Paris and the American University of Columbia, Olivier Royant began his career in 1982 at Radio Gilda, a private Parisian radio station before joining Paris Match in 1984.
“The weight of words, the shock of photos”
During his career, he was successively a reporter, correspondent in the United States, deputy editor before taking the head in 2006.
“At the head of its editorial staff, he has continued to honor the legendary promise of Paris Match, summed up by the famous slogan “the weight of words, the shock of photos” which he has adapted to changes in the press market and to the expectations of readers “, according to the group, which recalls that under his direction, the magazine has “Consolidated its position among the largest news magazines in the world”.
His last interview was with Barack Obama at the end of November on the occasion of the release of his presidential memoirs.