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20.09.11 | Barbara Casassus
The French Booksellers Association has elected vice-president Matthieu de Montchalin to succeed Benoît Bougerol as president, according to the French trade publication Livres Hebdo.
De Montchalin, who owns the bookshop L'Armitière in Rouen, won against Renny Aupetit, in the Syndicat de la Librairie Française (SLF)'s first ever two-candidate election. Aupetit is founder of the bookshop Comptoir des Mots in Paris and president of Librest, an internet portal and distributor for eight independent booksellers in eastern Paris.
Bougerol, who was first elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2009, has stepped down before the end of his term next May because of other responsibilities he has taken on since then, he told Livres Hebdo earlier this month.
Apart from running La Maison du Livre in Rodez in southern France, he is a member of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the Averyon department and Midi-Pyrénées region, and chairs the Midi-Pyrénées commerce committee. He never hid the fact that he stood again in 2009 because there was no other candidate, he added.