France has been confirmed as the guest of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF) in 2017.
The country received the invite to be the chosen guest of honour in 2013, but declined to reply to the invitation until last year, saying that it needed the state to confirm finance for the event.
However, today (17th June), FBF director Jeurgen Books and executive director of the Institut Francais Anne Tallineau signed an agreement confirming France's place, in the presence of French minister of culture and communication Fleur Pellerin, and plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany in charge of France-German cultural relations, Olaf Scholz.
France was previously guest of honour at the fair in 1989.
The organising committee for the event has been placed under the responsibility of the Institut Francais, and will be led by Paul Sinety.
Tallineau said: “For France, Frankfurt offers a unique opportunity for our country to reaffirm how well literature can reflect the issues that are at the heart of its society today.”
Boos added: “The future of the European media landscape depends not least upon whether we also succeed in giving the economic union a cultural identity. With its participation as the Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair, France will demonstrate not only its intellectual strengths and wealth of ideas, but also its political clout in this matter.”
Indonesia will be guest of honour at the fair in 2015, while the Netherlands and Flanders will take the position in 2016.