Ray Argyle is a Canadian journalist and author who has written several books of biography and political history. He has had a long association with France beginning as a young reporter aboard the first trans-polar commercial flight from the west coast of North America to Europe. He returned to Paris many times, soaking up the atmosphere of the City of Light while tracking the political career of Charles de Gaulle and his successors in the Fifth Republic. Argyle worked for United Press International before establishing Argyle Communications Inc. where he counselled political leaders and business executives. In 2012 he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for significant contributions to Canadian life. When not travelling in France, he lives in Kingston, Ont., with his partner Deborah Windsor.