Philippe Lançon

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Philippe Lançon
Born1963 (age 59–60)
Vanves, Hauts-de-Seine, France
Alma materCentre de Formation des Journalistes de Paris
Notable worksLe Lambeau [Shreds]
Notable awardsChevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2015)
Jean-Luc Lagardère award for Journalist of the Year (2013)

Philippe Lançon (French: [lɑ̃sɔ̃]) is a journalist working for the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, who was wounded in the terrorist attack perpetrated against that publication on 7 January 2015.


Lançon works primarily for other French publications, specializing in literature. He is a weekly contributor to Charlie Hebdo.

Lançon also wrote for Libération, a newspaper in France, and is a critic on Latin American writings. He is also an educator on culture and Latin American literature, having been a guest speaker at Princeton University on occasion. In the Fall of 2015 he was expected to teach a course at Princeton titled "Writers and Dictators in Latin America."[1]


  • 1998: Monography on the artist Jean Daviot, Victoire éditions, Paris
  • 2004: Philippe Lançon (under the pseudonym Gabriel Lindero) (2004). Je ne sais pas écrire et je suis un innocent [I do not know how to write and I am an innocent]. Paris: Calmann-Lévy. p. 350. ISBN 978-2-7021-3428-3. Archived from the original on 2007-10-22. Retrieved 2016-11-22.
  • 2011: Philippe Lançon (2011). Les îles. Paris: Jean-Claude Lattès. ISBN 978-2-7096-3513-4.
  • 2016: Preface to La Légèreté, by Catherine Meurisse, Dargaud, April 2016
  • 2013: L'Élan, Paris, éditions Gallimard, series "Blanche", ISBN 978-2-07-014088-6
  • 2018: Le Lambeau, Paris, éditions Gallimard, series "Blanche", 2018, 512 pages. ISBN 978-2-07268-907-9

Terrorist attack[edit]

Lançon was attending a weekly meeting of Charlie Hebdo at the time of the attack on 7 January 2015. He was wounded in the face by rifle fire and was left in critical condition, but ultimately survived his injuries.[2] Once assured of his survival after long medical treatment and therapy, he wrote his story in the book Le Lambeau [Shreds], for which he received two literary prizes in France.[3][4]



In 2012, he was awarded the Prix Henri de Régnier of the Académie française for his work Les Îles.

In 2013, he received the Jean-Luc Lagardère award for Journalist of the Year.

In 2018, he was awarded the Prix Femina and the Prix Renaudot Jury's Special Prize for his autobiographical book Le Lambeau.


  1. ^ Toner, Eneida (15 February 2016). "Princeton and the Paris Terrorist Attacks: by Philippe Lançon. Translated by Pascale Voilley". Princeton University. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  2. ^ Toner, Eneida (8 January 2015). "Philippe Lançon, PLAS Visiting Fellow for AY15, Injured in the Paris Terrorist Attack". Program in Latin American Studies. Princeton University. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Philippe Lançon, prix Femina 2018 pour Le Lambeau : "On n'a pas besoin de héros"" [Philippe Lançon, Femina prize 2018 for Le Lambeau: "We do not need heroes."]. Le Figaro (in French). 6 November 2018. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  4. ^ Solterer, Helen (19 October 2018). "Philippe Lançon Writing in the Wake of Charlie Hebdo". Durham, North Carolina: Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke University. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Nomination dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres juillet 2015" [Nomination for the Order of Arts and Letters, July 2015] (in French). Paris: Ministère de la Culture. 4 September 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2019.