Journalist Marie-Françoise Leclère, figure of
and former juror of the Cannes festival, has died at the age of 79, the weekly announced on Tuesday.
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His colleague journalist Christophe Ono-dit-Biot, who began his career under his aegis the
, immediately paid him a tribute, with particular highlight his leadership qualities of men and women: "
We had the chance to enter the profession with Marie-Françoise Leclère.
, where in 1979 she had joined the body of musketeers of humanist irreverence in the Renaissance sense, led by her friend Claude Imbert, this passionate-greedy-curious about everything, but first of all books and cinema, was the editor-in-chief of culture, “stylish”, as children say today, her loving boss (we repeat, it suits her so well), her boss perhaps, but in the sense of gang leader. "
Freedom of mind and speech
Initiated into journalism by Hélène Lazareff at
, of which she had become the assistant editor, she carried within the magazine feminist struggles such as the right to abortion. Intellectual, passionate about cinematographic culture, Marie-Françoise Leclère was also a fighter of the spirit, who was keen to advance and above all to develop her ideas, as Christophe Ono-dit-Bio still underlined: "
Realistic feminist, she was there. carried, orchestrated the fight for the right to abortion, the great campaigns, the Bobigny trial. Yes, a realistic feminist, equal opportunities and wages, but cheerfulness, carelessness, freedom of speech, of spirit for everyone, and without hating men, quite the contrary.
Marie-Françoise Leclère will have been close to personalities such as the writer Umberto Eco, the publisher Jean-Claude Fasquelle or the filmmaker Jean-Jacques Annaud.
She had co-signed with the latter
A life for the cinema
, biography of the director published in 2018.
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The seventh art was one of his greatest passions.
A critic always in search of a new approach, she also participated in cinematographic creation by being co-writer of José Pinheiro's film
Les mots pour le dire
, in 1983.
Finally, and it was one of her most memorable memories, in 1994, she will be part of the jury of the Cannes festival chaired by Clint Eastwood. That year, Quentin Tarantino won the Palme d'Or with
, an exceptional film, like Marie-Françoise Leclère.