French author Jaques Laurent has been awarded the Prix Goncourt....France's top literary prize.....for his novel?
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GV Newsmen and pressmen in room
CV Announcement of award by official (FRENCH SOF)
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SV Laurent (author) signing books
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Background: French author Jaques Laurent has been awarded the Prix Goncourt....France's top literary prize.....for his novel "Les Betises" (The Follies). The announcement was made at a special press function in a Paris restaurant on Monday (22 Nov), after a demonstration by writers opposed to conventional "bougeois" writing styles. The 52-year-old author is well known for his right-wing views, and has been one of France's most prolific writers since the Second World War. "Les Betises"....a 600-page mixture of war fiction and semi-autobiography, has been selling well. It was selected for the award by five out of nine votes on the sixth ballot. Laurent has been best-known until now as the author of "Caroline Cherie" The Prix Goncourt, which marks the opening of the season of major French literary prizes, is worth a nominal 50 francs (four pounds sterling) but is not lacking in prestige and sales value. It was set up in the will of the 19th century French writer brothers, Jules and Edmond de Goncourt. A Visnews camera team was present at the announcement of the award.
SYNOPSIS: At a special literary function in Paris on Monday, which was attended by newsmen and photographers, France's top literary prize....the Prix Goncourt..... was announced after a decisive vote on a sixth ballot.
An official announced that 52-year-old Jaques Laurent had won the prize with his novel "Les Betises"...The Follies. Laurent, who is knows for his right-wing views, has been one of France's most prolific writers since the Second World War.
The Prix Goncourt marks the opening of the season of major French literary prizes, but is worth only a nominal 50 francs to the author. The prize, however, is not lacking in prestige or sales value. It was set up in the will of the 19th-century French writer brothers, Jules and Edmond de Goncourt. The function was unaffected by a group of writers who had earlier protested against what they considered the present "conventional and bougeois" writing styles. Author Jaques Laurent appeared completely unconcerned as he began to autograph a mounting pile of his book about a man living in an area controlled by the Vichy government during the German occupation of France.