French academy honours Algerian, Moroccan writers

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The Academie francaise, official guardian of the French language, said Thursday it will recognise 70 people in its 2011 round of prize giving, including Algerian writer Yasmina Khadra.

The main literature prize, le Grand Prix de litterature Henri Gal worth 40,000 euros ($57,000), will go to Khadra, whose real name is Mohammed Moulessehoul, the academy said in a statement.

Moroccan Abdellatif Laabi will be awarded a prize worth 22,500 euros, it said.

Other reward recipients include philosopher and novelist Jean-Bernard Pontalis, botanist Francis Halle, poet Franck Venaille and cinematographer Daniele Thompson.

© 2011 AFP

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