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First name:  Patrick

Last name:  Bourrat

  • Gender:  Male
  • Job:  Special correspondent
  • Media outlet:  TF1
  • Type of media:  TV
  • Born:  20 Sept 1952 France

  • Died:  22 Dec 2002 Kuwait
  • War zone:  no
  • Targeted? no
  • Impunity: total


Killed in an accident during a US army exercise in the Kuwaiti desert on 21 December, eight kilometres from the Iraqi border. He tried to pull back his cameraman who he thought was dangerously close to a tank which was raising a big cloud of sand. He disappeared from view and when the sand cleared, he was seen impaled on barbed wire. He died next day.

  • Joins senior reporter team.
    Works with Guillaume Durand on news programme LMI.
    Permanent TF1 correspondent in Moscow
    Reports on fall of Berlin Wall, Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia and overthrow of Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu
    Presenter of TF1 late-night news programme.
    Opens TF1 Jerusalem bureau as Israel invades Lebanon.
    TF1 foreign desk.
    Freelance with French TV station TF1.
    Studied law in Bordeaux, politics degree from Science Po (Paris).
    - 9/1952/20
    Born in Tunis.


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