Arthur Conte


Arthur Conte, a French politician, author and historian, was born on March 31, 1920, in Salses, in the Western Pyrenees.
He received his secondary-school education at Lycée François Arago in Perpignan and earned a Bachelor of Arts and then a postgraduate degree in classical studies in Montpellier. Working as a journalist, he contributed to Le Quotidien de Paris, Paris Match, Le Figaro, France-Soir and Jours de France. He became the president of the ORTF (Office de Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française) and put Italiques (ORTF) in the hands of Marc Gilbert, who recruited Ennio Morricone and Jean-Michel Folon for the theme song. He also produced the television series Histoires de France for FR3. At the same time, he pursued a political career. He is the father of writer Dominique Bona and of Pierre Conte, president of Le Figaro media group. 




  • Batisseurs de la France, de l'an 1000 à l'an 2000, Plon, Paris, 2004, 522p
  • "Les paysans de France: de l'an 1000 à aujourd'hui", Plon, Paris 2000, 404p.
  • L'épopée des chemins de fer français, Plon, Paris, 1996, 414 p.
  • L'épopée coloniale de la France, Plon, Paris, 1992
  • Yatridès Maître du temps, Editions Lumière et Espace, 1992, 272 p.