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. 

Arthur Conte is known for his contributions as a parliamentarian, as a minister and as the president of ORTF, but he is most widely acknowledged and appreciated as a famous historian. Thanks to his passion and the seriousness of his works, he helped revive among the French a taste for History with a capital “H”, through books considered classics today: Yalta ou le partage du monde, Karl Marx et son époque and Verdun.


In 1992, Arthur Conte wrote a book about one of the greatest contemporary artists, Georges Yatridès: Yatridès Maître du temps (Yatridès, Master of Time), Editions Lumière et Espace, 1992, 272 p.

Arthur Conte is both a player and a witness of our time whose studies entail taking a step back from events — a certain distance relative to the people who experience them — in order to distinguish essentials from non-essentials.