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François-Marie Patorni, a French American, is an independent scholar living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His book, The French in New Mexico, was published in 2020. The Politicians’ Breviary is the first translation into English of the seventeenth-century Breviarium politicorum inspired by the legacy of Cardinal Jules Mazarin.
Patorni was born and grew-up in Paris. After post-graduate studies in France, he spent two years as a volunteer in Chad, and some more time in Togo, Benin, and Algeria. He earned an MBA from the Wharton School (Philadelphia) in 1972. He then had a career at the World Bank in Washington D.C., including multi-year postings in India and Senegal, and decades of travel to Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia. Patorni moved to New Mexico in 2004. He remains active in policy issues locally and internationally.