Maalouf at the French Academy, "a great pride" for Lebanon
BEIRUT - The election of the French-Lebanese writer Amin Maalouf at the French Academy is "a great pride for Lebanon," said Friday Lebanese Minister of Culture Gaby Layyoun.
- "This is a great pride for Lebanon, he (Amin Maalouf) is the pride of all Lebanese," said Layyoun the day after the election of the Prix Goncourt to the prestigious institution, founded by Richelieu in 1635.
"He entered immortality (...) and we are proud of this outstanding achievement," he said.
Mr. Maalouf succeeds the anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss, who died in October 2009.
Prix Goncourt in 1993 for "The Rock of Tanios", Amin Maalouf was elected on the first ballot with 17 votes to 24 votes against 3 votes for philosopher Yves Michaud.
Born February 25, 1949 in Beirut, in a Christian family, Amin Maalouf, who speaks Arabic and French, has devoted his work to the reconciliation of civilizations.
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