Bernard Pivot, OC, CQ (born May 5, 1935) is a journalist, interviewer and host of French cultural television programmes. He is the chairman of the Académie Goncourt.
Pivot was born in Lyon, the son of grocers. During World War II, his father, Charles Pivot, was taken prisoner and his mother moved the family home to the village of Quincié-en-Beaujolais, where Bernard Pivot started school.
In 1945 his father was released and the reunited family returned to Lyon. At age 10, Pivot went to a Catholic boarding school where he discovered a consuming passion for sport; a passion which helped teachers overlook his general mediocrity in all traditional school subjects except French language and history.
After starting law studies in Lyon, Pivot entered the Centre de formation des journalistes (CFJ) in Paris where he met his future wife, Monique. He graduated second in his class...
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