Caroline Fourest is a journalist, columnist, filmmaker, director and co-founder of the journal ProChoix (feminist, anti-racist and secularist).
« The world according Caroline Fourest » is on France Culture every monday and she host of a TV show against stereotypes on LCP (the Parliamentary Channel).
She is teaching at Sciences-Po Paris about “Multiculturalism and Universalism : Differents models facing contestations of democracy”
She had written many famous essays on the far right and fanaticism, including “Crossfire: a comparison between Jewish, Christian and Muslim fundamentalism”, “Brother Tariq: the doublespeak of Tariq Ramadan”, and “Marine Le Pen unmasked”.
Most of her books are published in paperback and she has received several awards for her work, including the National Award of « Laïcité » in 2005, the Political Book Award, the Jean Zay Award, the Condorcet Award – Aron Award, the Fetkann Award, as well as the Adrien Duvand of Academy of Moral and Political Sciences Award.
For five years she was columnist at Le Monde newspaper.
She is given conferences in many countries: Belgium, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Croatia, Yemen, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, USA, Canada…
She was a journalist at Charlie Hebdo for five years, from 2004 to 2009, during the « Cartoon’s affair ». She wrote the main paper explaining the Danish Cartoon’s affair in the edition where Charlie decided to show a Mohamed condemning the fanatics.
Her last book, « In praise of Blasphemy », is a defence of Charlie Hebdo, as well as advocating the right to blaspheme, is a best-seller in France and received the « price of Tolerance » Lucien Caroubi 2015. Salman Rushdie described the book as « A Vitally important book ».
After the slaughter of 7/01, She tried to show the cover of Charlie Hebdo, a Muhammad who says « I am Charlie », but the channel — who had decided to not show Charlie to not « offend » — decided to censore her during the live.
Caroline Fourest received threats because of her work on Islamism, and for signing the Manifesto against new Totalitarianism with Salman Rushdie and Taslima Nasreen.
Well known hate figure for extreme right-wing and racist groups, she has been physically beaten by members of neo-fascist groups during protest against Marriage for all, that she defends. She was filming for a documentary for France 2 about FEMEN when it did happen.
As a filmmaker, she has produced 70 films about Muslim women’s voices around the World.
She wrote book about Inna Shevchenko, the leader of Femen. More than a portrait, it is a journal of the contemporary fight for feminism, which unites young rebels from Arab Spring to Ukrainian Spring.
- To read one of Caroline’s books in English: In praise of Blasphemy or Brother Tariq
- To read some papers of Caroline in English on the Huffington Post.
- To read more about Charlie Hebdo
- To see the film about Caroline and hers camarades of Charlie debating during the cartoons affair