French Language Prize awarded to writer Vassilis Alexakis – Statement by Yamina Benguigui, Minister Delegate for Francophonie (October 10, 2012)

Yamina Benguigui, Minister Delegate for Francophonie, congratulates Vassilis Alexakis, the new winner of the French Language Prize. She pays tribute to the work of this ardent supporter of the French language who has promoted his dual French and Greek culture. Mr. Alexakis will receive his award at the book fair in Brive-la-Gaillarde which will take place from November 9 to 11.

Through his works, such as “La Langue maternelle” and “Les Mots étrangers,” Vassilis Alexakis has been able to demonstrate that respect for multilingualism is a fundamental value.

Created in 1986, the French Language Prize is awarded each year to a francophone author who contributes to promoting the richness of the French language.

In the run-up to the 14th Francophonie Summit, the minister delegate welcomes the enthusiasm for the French language in world literature. French is currently spoken by 220 million people around the world and will be spoken by 700 million people by 2050.