A very special editor
Tuesday 9 July 2019
François Duriaud was an exemplar of the very best of journalism and an inspiration as an editor.
I worked for him in the early 1980s when he was Middle East editor and I was a very inexperienced correspondent in Bahrain.
His integrity, meticulous attention to detail and high standards were legend.
His greatest praise about a story as “useful” made one glow with pride just as his worst criticism “it would have been useful” on a missed story was a crushing experience.
My wife Trish and I have such fond memories of François and Alak’s wonderful parties for Reuter colleagues.
He was one of a kind. ■