'Académie Française' Member Jean d'Ormesson Passes Away

'Académie Française' Member Jean d'Ormesson Passes Away

Thursday, 7 December, 2017 - 06:45
French novelist and Académie Française member Jean d'Ormesson in 2015. (Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images)
Paris - Asharq Al-Awsat
In a rare occasion, all news anchors and presenters appeared in black on the official French channel, mourning Jean d'Ormesson, a writer and member of the French Academy of Letters who had a heart attack at the age of 92, early Tuesday morning.

The late writer was known to many French generations, and with his death, they felt how much they have loved him and have expressed their sentiments on social media platforms, the way Arabian fans reacted to the death of Shadia.

Commenting on d'Ormesson's death, French President Emmanuel Macron wrote on Twitter: “as the best of French spirit, a unique mix of intelligence, elegance and mischievousness, a prince of letters who knew not to take himself too seriously."

All over the day, politicians from the left and right wings paid tribute to the late novelist, although the late was considered a right-winged intellect without being conservative or radical.

D'Ormesson grew up in an aristocratic entourage. He began writing at an early age. He was a novelist, intellect, philosopher, and worked as the director and of the Figaro newspaper and its editorialist over 40 years.

He was an actor as well, and played many roles, including the character of President Mitterrand. He chose Gallimard house to publish all his books that included many memoirs; he used to write his memoirs and publish them regularly.

He was known for his creativity, glamourous expressions, deep analysis, rich culture and sense of humor, which made him the favorite guest in radio and television programs.

He had his own way of faith; in one of his latest televised interviews he said: "Some people do not fear death, while others hate it. Since we have no way of knowing what exists after death, I prefer to die so I can discover the other world. "

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