Ger­many and France come to­gether over books

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GER­MAN Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel opened this year's Frank­furt Book Fair along­side French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron. The theme of this year's event is fran­co­phone lit­er­a­ture.

Merkel and Macron’s in­au­gu­ra­tion of the event on Tues­day, “is a sym­bol of the close con­nec­tion be­tween Ger­many and France and their joint com­mit­ment to a strong Europe,” Juer­gen Boos, the di­rec­tor of the book fair, said in a state­ment.

The fair is tak­ing place un­der the motto “Frank­furt auf Fran­zoe­sisch,” or “Frank­furt in French,” and is set to be at­tended by some 180 French writ­ers, in­clud­ing Michelle Houelle­becq, No­bel prize win­ner JeanMarie Gus­tave Le Clezio, and Bel­gium’s Amelie Nothomb.

The Frank­furt Book Fair is open to the pub­lic un­til Oct 15. – dpa

(R-L) Merkel, pres­i­dent of the Ger­man Pub­lish­ers and Book­sellers As­so­ci­a­tion Hein­rich Ri­eth­mueller and Macron open­ing the Frank­furt Book Fair.

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