joined Indigo Publications in November 2009 as deputy editor-in-chief of La Lettre du Continent, the original French-language version of West Africa Newsletter.
joined Indigo Publications in November 2009 as deputy editor-in-chief of La Lettre du Continent, the original French-language version of West Africa Newsletter. In September 2010 he succeeded Antoine Glaser, founder of the publication, as editor-in-chief. Lejeal obtained a master's degree in African Studies from the Sorbonne University, where he studied under historian Elikia M'Bokolo. His master thesis was on “The French overseas development policy of Jean-Pierre Cot”. He later spent three years living in Bukina Faso, where he wrote a PhD thesis on the country at the Centre d'Etudes d'Afrique Noire (CEAN, Institute of Political Studies, Bordeaux) under the direction of Daniel C. Bach. Lejeal began contributing to the magazine Marches Tropicaux & Méditerranéens, going on to becoming its deputy editor-in-chief. In 2006 he joined the newsroom of Jeune Afrique. Author of “Burkina Faso” (Karthala, 2002) and “Burkina Faso's foreign policy under Thomas Sankara” (Ellipses, 2004), Lejeal has travelled widely in Africa, spending time in more than twenty countries including Ivory Coast, Niger, Mali, Ghana, Djibouti, Benin, Togo, Gabon and Guinea. He writes the West Africa pages of the Le Monde's World Review. A pianist and drummer, Lejeal also contributes to several music publications and to the website RFI Musique.