Member of the Paris Bar, François graduated from Military School of Saint-Cyr – specialization Law and Management – and holds a DEA in Business Law from the University of Paris I – Sorbonne. He began his career at the Ministry of Defence and then worked in the mergers and acquisitions department of Freshfields Bruckhaus Derringer, before joining the department of criminal and commercial litigation of the law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel. He has developed an extensive practice in litigation, criminal law and civil law. François has taught succession law and securities law at the University of Paris XI. He also speaks at conferences and delivers seminars, mainly on topics related to criminal law and business law. He is a former Secretary of the Conference of Lawyers of the Paris Bar.