Géraldine Smith is a French journalist and writer. After graduating in Political Science and International Relations in 1990, she reported from Africa, namely as a correspondent based in Dakar (Senegal) for Jeune Afrique. In 2002, back in Paris, she became the editor-in-chief of Epok, a leading cultural news magazine. She is the co-author of an award-winning biography of the Central-African “emperor” Bokassa, published in 2000, and of a book on black France, Noir et Français!, released in 2006. Since 2007, she lives in North Carolina. Her latest publication, Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, recounts the dashed hopes of integration in the immigrant neighborhood in Paris where her family used to live and which has since turned into an Islamist enclave.