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Frédéric Martel


Frédéric Martel is a Researcher and Writer. He has a PhD in Social Sciences and four Master Degrees in Law, Political science, Philosophy and Social Science (University La Sorbonne). He has been visiting scholar at Harvard University and taught at Sciences-Po Paris and at the HEC’s Business School MBA in Paris.

He is the author of ten books, including On Culture in America (Gallimard, 2006), the bestseller Mainstream : On the Global War on Culture and Medias (Flammarion, 2010, translated in twenty countries) and Smart, on the internets (Stock, 2014). 

As a journalist, Frédéric Martel is the anchor man of the weekly radio program Soft Power on French National Public Radio (France Culture/Radio France). He is the Reporter at large and a Foreign Affairs Columnist of

He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the ZHdK’s University in Zurich. He was a researcher at the Center for International Studies (CERI) at Sciences-Po Paris and an adviser to the European Commission and has been a member of ‘New Narrative for Europe’, the cultural task force of the president of the EU.

His new book, In the Closet of the Vatican (Sodoma in other languages) has been published on Feb 21, 2019. The book has been translated in multiple languages (French, English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch and soon in German, Romanian, Slovenian, Croatian, Bulgarian and others).

In the Closet of the Vatican is a number one best seller in France, Portugal and the Netherlands. It has also been on bestseller lists in the UK, Italy, Canada, Belgium, Australia and has entered the New York Times bestseller list in the US.

Martel lives in Paris and travels, every week, around the world.

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