Maîtresse Françoise (pen name Annick Foucault) is a publicly known dominatrix in Paris, France. Her autobiography was published in France by publisher Éditions Gallimard.
Annick Foucault was born in the South of France. Her childhood was marred by the loss of her father. After having been the victim of an accident, she consecutively had no real other alternative but dropping out of university. Thus she chiefly became a self-taught woman. She first ran a ready-to-wear shop and then became interested in Minitel, which she considered to be “an excellent means of communication, a kind of no-man’s-land where anything is allowed”. She subsequently participated in various forums and set up a “debate forum”, 3615 Fetish, which was devoted to sadomasochism, before launching in 1994 her own specialized “minitel network”, under the name of Miss M. Marc Daum described her as “a major messaging authorizing officer 3615 on behalf of a foremost player in telematics, given that the good intellectual performance of her forums [had built] the loyalty of her knowledgeable readers”. During the same period, she was the chief editor of a magazine—La Scène—with a circulation of 5,000 copies. In October 1996, she provided a “precious collaboration” to the journalist Monique Ayoun by the time she was writing an article dedicated to Minitel on behalf of the newspaper Biba [fr].