Richard Martineau

Richard Martineau (born July 23, 1961) is a French-Canadian[1] commentator. He is a columnist for Le Journal de Montréal newspaper. His columns also appear in the Infopresse and Elle Québec magazines. He also hosts Franchement Martineau, a public affairs programme which airs on Le Canal Nouvelles.

Since 1998, he has co-hosted Télé-Québec's Les Francs-tireurs, first with Benoit Dutrizac and Laurent Saulnier, and since 2006 with La Presse journalist Patrick Lagacé.


Richard Martineau became known for his column "Ondes de choc" (English: shockwave), which appeared in the Montreal weekly newspaper Voir until 1996. Martineau has also participated in evening debates on Télévision Quatre-Saisons, and was the moderator of those debates between May and September 2006. He hosted a radio programme until 2007. Radio Canada has described his work as "established him as a leftist chronicler, then he forged deep to the right and to a posture more and more pamphleteering working within the Quebecor empire".[2]


In February, 2020, Martineau falsely accused McGill Professor Daniel Weinstock of supporting female genital mutilation. [3]. Weinstock was subsequently disinvited by Quebec Education Minister Jean-François Roberge from speaking at a conference on the Province's ethics and religious culture program. On February 21, Martineau published a non-apology, correcting his error [4]. Roberge apologized publicly to Weinstock on February 23 [5]


Martineau was born in Verdun[6] on July 23, 1961 to a French mother (born 1940) and an American father (born 1934). He lives in Outremont[7] with his partner Sophie Durocher and their son.[8] He previously lived with fellow journalist Nathalie Collard, with whom he has two daughters.[9]


  1. ^ "Les filles c'est nono" (in French). Le Journal de Montréal. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  2. ^ "ICI Radio-Canada Première | Balados, livres audio". Radio-Canada (in French). Retrieved 2019-12-02.
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  6. ^ "Biographie: Richard Martineau" (in French). Le Journal de Montréal. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  7. ^ Duchaine, Gabrielle (2012-05-04). "Manifestation nocturne: les étudiants ont attaqué la mauvaise maison". Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  8. ^ Morneau, Caroline. "Sophie Durocher lit des insultes qu'elle reçoit en ondes". Le Journal de Montréal. Retrieved 2019-12-02.
  9. ^ Codère, Jean-François (2006-10-04). "Richard Martineau et son ex: Chicane publique à propos des enfants" (in French). Le Journal de Montréal. Retrieved 24 May 2012.

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