At the Pre-Catelan restaurant in Paris on Friday (11 June), President Leopold Sedar Senghor of Senegal gave out prizes for French-language literature.
GV EXT. Restaurant Le Pre-Catelan
SV INT. President Senghor presents Boubou Hama with prize
MV Boubou Hama at microphone and President Senghor sits down
CU Hama speaking
GV Audience applauds and Hama concludes
MV Senghor greets Jean-Marc Leger
MV Senghor presents Leger with prize and sits down
SV & CU Leger speaking (2 shots)
MV Leger concludes
GV Audience applaud
SCU & GV Senghor speaking and people listening (4 shots)
GV Audience applaud
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Background: At the Pre-Catelan restaurant in Paris on Friday (11 June), President Leopold Sedar Senghor of Senegal gave out prizes for French-language literature. The prizes were in the name of the Senegalese President.
M. Boubou Hama the 65-year-old Speaker of the Niger General Assembly, was honoured as the foreign author of the best books written directly in the French language. He has written about twenty books on the history of Niger.
Jean-Marc Leger, Secretary-General of Cultural and technical Agency for French-Speaking Countries, received the award reserved for the non-French man or woman who has written the best work for the expansion of the French language and its culture. Mr. Leger is a former Canadian journalist who worked for twenty years with "La Presse" and "Le Devoir" in Montreal.
SYNOPSIS: In Paris on Friday, President Leopold Sedar Senghor of Senegal presented literary prizes in his name. The first prize presented was to Boubou Hama, the Speaker of the Niger National Assembly.
He received the prize for the foreign author of the best books directly written in the French language. President Senghor described him as being characterised by "his faith in the future of Africa." Mr. Hama is the author of about twenty books dealing with the history of Niger.
President Senghor then presented to Jean-Marc Leger, the prize reserved for the non-French man or woman who has written the best work for the expansion of the French language and its culture.
President Senghor said that Mr. Leger has for many years "fought with force and talent for the principles of the French language." Mr. Leger is a former Canadian journalist, and worked for twenty years on "La Presse" and "Le Devoir" in Montreal.
In his concluding remarks, President Senghor pleaded the cause of the French language and of the role it has in Europe and the world. He also advocated the "Eurafrique", which would unite three-hundred million Europeans with some three-hundred million Africans.