Born 1935, author and publisher. Régine Deforges was the first female publisher in France. After having managed several bookstores she opened her own publishing house in 1968, called L'Or du temps. She has been a staunch advocate of free speech throughout her publishing career. Régine Deforges in an author in her own right and her extensive work includes the romantic epic "La Bicyclette bleue", which earned her the Prix des Maisons de la Presse award in 1983. Régine Deforges established her third publishing house, Editions Régine-Deforges, in 1986, and in 1989 she was elected chairperson of the Société des Gens de Lettres for the duration of three years. In 2001, she published the eighth volume of "La Bicyclette bleue: Alger, ville blanche", which has been translated into 23 languages and has sold more than 10 million copies.