The French Academy elected Amin Maalouf in the first round as perpetual secretary on Thursday, September 28. He succeeds Mrs. Carrère d'Encausse, who died on August 5 at the age of 94, who held the position for nearly a quarter of a century. The election pitted Amin Maalouf against Jean-Christophe Rufin, two writers and long-time friends. The newly elected is the 33rd perpetual secretary since 1634 and the foundation of the Académie française. He joined immortals such as d'Alembert, Georges Duhamel, Maurice Genevoix and Maurice Druon.
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Born in Lebanon on February 25, 1949, in a family of teachers, Amin Maalouf, winner of the Prix Goncourt in 1993, for Le Rocher de Tanios. Elected to the Académie française on 23rd June 2011 in the chair of Claude Lévi-Strauss (29th), he was received on 14th June 2012... by Jean-Christophe Rufin.
First a journalist as a reporter and then an editorialist, he has devoted himself to literature as a novelist and essayist since 1984. His books are translated worldwide into fifty languages.