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UNESCO Director-General pays tribute to French writer and Academician Jean d'Ormesson

05 December 2017

"With the passing of Jean d'Ormesson, a humanist, lover of language, irreverent writer and mischievous journalist has left us," declared Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO.

“I wish to commend the work of this great French writer, who was long a member of UNESCO, during crucial years for the Organization. Jean d’Ormesson lived life to the fullest, especially its joys, deeply engaged in the literary, academic and intellectual worlds, guided by the imperative of always speaking to the widest possible public, his eyes sparkling with mischief and brilliance, as well as a seeming lightness,” added the Director-General.

“I applaud in particular the decisive role that Jean d’Ormesson played as Secretary-General, then President, of the International Council of Philosophy and Human Sciences at UNESCO, a major forum for international cooperation in intellectual matters, to which he contributed for decades, notably through the journal called ‘Diogenes’,” noted the Director-General.

“In my name and on behalf of the Organization, I wish to express our sorrow and condolences to his family and loved ones,” said Audrey Azoulay.