Culture – Death of Tzvetan Todorov - Statement by Jean-Marc Ayrault (February 7, 2017)


I was saddened to learn of the death of the eminent and engaged intellectual Tzvetan Todorov.

Tzvetan Todorov was born in Bulgaria and adopted France as his home. His works have been translated into many languages and he travelled all over the world at the invitation of highly prestigious institutions to share his ideas and beliefs.

France has lost an ardent supporter of democracy, an intellectual who was inquisitive about literature, art history, philosophy, and passionate about ideas. This was how he fought against totalitarianism and obscurantism. He was a man of the Enlightenment in an unstable world where freedoms are often threatened.

I pay tribute to his career, his memory and his commitment. The writings of this enlightened humanist will remain etched in the history of our ideas.

I extend my wholehearted condolences to his family and friends.