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Nobel Prize in Literature

Nobel Prize in Literature

Published on October 9, 2008
Award of the Nobel Prize in Literature to M. Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio – Statement by M. Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the Republic

Paris, 9 October 2008

I have learned with immense pride that the Nobel Prize in Literature has just been awarded to Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio.

I extend to him my warmest congratulations on behalf of all the French for the most prestigious reward a writer can receive, which honours France, the French language and the Francophone world.

The Stockholm Academy has today singled out for distinction one of our greatest writers and added M. Jean-Marie Le Clézio’s name to the list of thirteen French winners who have preceded him in the history of the world of letters.

A child in Mauritius and Nigeria, a teenager in Nice, a nomad of the American and African deserts, Jean-Marie Le Clézio is a citizen of the world, a son of every continent and every culture. A great traveller, he embodies France’s influence, her culture and her values in a globalized world where he proudly epitomizes the literature of the Francophone world.

His work and his style, honoured today by his peers, have been familiar to readers since 1963 which saw the publication of his first novel "Le Procès verbal" [published in English in 1964 under the title "The Interrogation"] ./.

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