François Gautier was born in Paris, France. He was South Asia correspondent for Le Figaro, one of France’s leading newspapers He also wrote columns for Indian newspapers: the ‘Ferengi’s column” in the Indian Express, then the “French Connection” column in the Pioneer, as well as regular contributions for Rediff., New Indian Express, Times of India blogs, etc.
François has written several books: Un autre Regard sur l’Inde” (Editions du Tricorne, Geneva-Paris), “Arise O India” (Har Anand) 1999, “A Western journalist on India” (Har-Anand 2001), “India’s Self Denial (Editions Auroville Press, 2001), “Swami, moine hindou et PDG (Editions Delville, Paris) “Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a guru of Joy” (India Today Book Club, 2003; 11 reprints, 100.000 copies sold). La Caravane Intérieure (Les Belles Lettres, Paris 2005). A New History of India (Har Anand, 2008), The Art of Healing (Harper Collins, 2011), Quand l’Inde s’éveille, la France est endormie (Editions du Rocher, 2013), « Apprendre à Souffler (Hachette Marabout, 2016) & « Nouvelle Histoire de l’Inde » (Editions de l’Archipel, 2017)
Francois, who is married for 25 years to Namrita, shuttles between Pondichéry, Pune and Delhi. He is building a Museum of (real) Indian History in Pune (factmuseum.com)