Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Frankfurt Book Fair's 2017 Guest of Honor Is France

France will be guest of honor at the 2017 Frankfurt Book Fair. Prime Minister Manuel Valls officially accepted the invitation last week. The last time France was guest of honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair was 1989.

According to a joint statement by Laurent Fabius, minister of foreign affairs, and Fleur Pellerin, minister delegate for small and medium-sized enterprises, innovation and the digital economy, the invitation "represents an outstanding opportunity for the French book industry to increase its international visibility and standing. Exporting our culture presents many challenges, from changes in the French-speaking community which now has 230 million members to the priority that should be given to the assignment of copyrights for works in the literary and humanities fields in emerging countries."

Finland is this year's guest of honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair, and will be followed by Indonesia in 2015, Netherlands and Flanders in 2016, France in 2017 and Georgia in 2018.

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