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Salut au grand Sud (Lgf, july of 2007)

Erik Orsenna, was born Erik Arnoult in Paris in 1947. After studying philosophy and political science, he taught economics at Ecole normale supérieure. He went on to work in an administrative position and became firstly departmental advisor and then cultural advisor to François Mitterand from 1981 to 1984. Le Grand Amour published in 1993 relates that experience. In December 1985, he started working at the Council of State and took the responsibility of the Appeals branch.
In addition to his administrative responsibilities, he has written seven novels and been awarded the Roger Nimier prize for La Vie comme à Lausanne and the Goncourt for L’Exposition coloniale. He was elected to the French a Academy in 1998 and occupies Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s seat. Erik Orsenna has two passions, the sea and Africa. Having spent many holidays on the island of Bréhat as a child, he fell in love with the sea at a very young age. He is a keen amateur sailor and has explored the oceans to gain a better understanding of the Gulf Stream. He has always been curious about the world and discovered Africa and met Senghor at 26 when on an economic mission. He is so drawn to the dark continent that he travels there at least three times a year.
Erik Orsenna will be at the festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 26th and 27th.

The Erik Orsenna’s website
In french

Bibliography :

  • Salut au grand Sud (Lgf, july of 2007 - with Isabelle Autissier)

A brief summary of Salut au grand sud :

“ Antarctica is the most southern region in the world. It is twenty-six times larger than France. For a very long time, it was protected from the curiosity of men by the fog, the storms, the strong currents, and the ice pack. Antarctica is the freezer of the world and as such, plays an essential role in our climate. It is also the keeper of data from earliest times, and provides irreplaceable knowledge to scientists. Who could turn down an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the great explorers ? Who would not dream of travelling to the Far South to try and better understand the giant mechanics of the planet ? So, on January 8, 2006, we raised the anchor of the Ada, our sleek vessel, and set sail from Ushuaia, steering a 180° course. We returned two months later. We will tell you everything.”