Florent Gaillard was born in 1965 near Angoulême. Trained as a Historian and a lawyer, he has developed a lifelong passion for Angoulême and its rich history.
He is director of the Municipal Archives of Angoulême, the director of the Angoulême “Musée du Papier”, president of the Charente Historical and Archeological Society, member of the Commission Régionale du Patrimoine et des Sites and of the Commission Départementale des Objets Mobiliers, national administrator and delegate of Vieilles Maisons Françaises for the Charente région and is on the committee Diocésain des Bâtiments du Culte.
Florent Gaillard has been a professor since 1993 focusing on the ” History of Institutions” at the University of Poitiers and at the University Center of Charente. He is the author of numerous books and articles.
He has received the prestigious title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for his involvement in many historical preservation organizations and for his historical research.
Florent Gaillard organized many conferences and has a weekly radio show “Ils ont été célèbres” (They have been famous). He is also a talented pianist and organ player, playing in various music festivals.
And now he is the lead character in the new film “Et si New York s’appelait Angoulême” “What if New York were called Angoulême” directed by Marie-France Brière.