Home Again in Paris: Oscar, Leo & Me

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Matthew Fraser has lived in France on and off over the past three decades. He first moved to Paris in the 1980s to complete a doctorate – and returned permanently to France in 2006. He is currently a professor at the American University of Paris and a lecturer at the French university Sciences Po where he teaches courses on media and politics.

Raised in a family of recent British immigrants to Canada, he grew up in Toronto where his early career as a journalist began at the Globe and Mail newspaper writing about pop music, movies, theatre, and television before becoming the paper’s correspondent in Quebec. He subsequently was a correspondent in Paris and London for the Montreal Gazette, and later joined the National Post as a columnist writing about the entertainment industries. He was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the National Post and also co-hosted a national television show in Canada, “Inside Media”, on the public network, CBC Newsworld.

Fraser was educated in Canada, France and Britain – notably at the University of Toronto, Sciences Po Paris, La Sorbonne, Oxford, and the London School of Economics. He was married to lawyer Rebecca Gotlieb and lived in Toronto with their son David (and bichon Oscar) until his wife’s sudden death in 2003. Following his departure from the National Post in 2005, he moved to France with Oscar and a newly adopted bichon, Leo.

Fraser has written several previous books, all non-fiction. His two most recent books are Weapons of Mass Distraction: Soft Power and American Empire (St Martin’s) on politics and popular culture; and Throwing Sheep in the Boardroom (Wiley) on the social media explosion. Since returning to Paris, he has written occasionally on France-related issues for international media outlets including the Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, New York Times,, and has been interviewed about France by the BBC and on French radio and television.

He still lives in the “Poodleland” apartment in the 7th arrondissement of Paris that is the main setting in Home Again in Paris.

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