Francis Zamponi was born in Constantine (Algeria) in 1947. He lived there up to the age of 11. After a few years of high school in Paris and studying at the University of Nanterre, he obtained a Bachelor of Sociology and a Certificate of Audiovisual General Studies . He has worked as an editor and journalist for FR3 and Libération, among others. He currently lives in Montpellier, where he is a freelance journalist, journalism trainer and writer.