|Nasser and Rouleau, 1963|
I previously wrote about him in 2012, when the Cairo Review of International Affairs published an excerpt in English from his memoirs. AUC has since published the translation of his French memoirs as Cairo: a Memoir. I believe the French version covers his whole career: Dans les coulisses du Proche-Orient: Mémoires d’un journaliste diplomate.
His background explains a lot. He was born in the Cairo suburb of Heliopolis in 1926 as Elie Raffoul, to a family of Egypt's once-flourishing Jewish community. Like many Egyptian Jews of the era he also had Communist affiliations and was expelled in 1951. He made a journalistic career in France under the name Eric Rouleau. Though Jewish he was a sympathizer of the Palestinian cause and in 1963 was granted an interview with Nasser.
I only met him once at a reception somewhere (in DC I think) and heard him speak a few times, but I read him often. One of the truly great journalists who also had an afterlife as a diplomat, I regret that I am so late learning of his passing.