French TV star accused of Hemingway bio plagiarism

4th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

A French celebrity TV news anchor, who notoriously faked an "exclusive" interview with Cuban leader Fidel Castro, was Tuesday accused of plagiarism in his new biography of Ernest Hemingway.

Patrick Poivre d'Arvor, a household name in France for the past three decades, was accused by L'Express magazine of lifting around 100 pages from a previous biography of the late US novelist.

The weekly's website said PPDA, as he is popularly known here, cut and pasted swathes of text from a 1985 book by US author Peter Griffin -- later translated into French --- and passed them off as his own by changing them slightly.

Poivre d'Arvor's book on Hemingway, who penned such classics as "For Whom the Bell Tolls", "A Farewell to Arms" and "The Old Man and the Sea", is due in bookstores on January 19.

Poivre d'Arvor, who did not immediately respond to calls from AFP on Tuesday, told L'Express that he had consulted Griffin's book as part of his research but denied plagiarism.

The journalist was exposed in 1991 for using press conference footage and, interposing his own questions, pretending it was his own "exclusive" interview with Castro.

PPDA also got a suspended prison term and large fine in the 1990s for receiving the proceeds of embezzled funds.

He presented the evening news on France's main private channel TF1 from the mid-1980s until 2008 and is also a best-selling author.

© 2011 AFP

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