Eric Rouleau (born Elie Raffoul, 1926–2015) was a journalist and diplomat born in Cairo. After his forced exile from Egypt in 1951, he began writing for Le Monde in 1955, becoming the newspaper's reporter on the Near and Middle East in the early 1960s. In 1985 he was appointed as France’s ambassador to Tunisia, and from 1988 to 1992 he was ambassador to Turkey. He published interviews with many iconic Middle Eastern leaders throughout his career, as well as four books.
Alain Gresh was born Cairo in 1948. He was editor in chief of Le Monde diplomatique for ten years and is the author of several books on the Israel–Palestine conflict, the Middle East, and Islam. He is the editor of the daily online newspaper OrientXXI.info, which is published in French, Arabic, English, and Farsi.