Merkel & Macron will open the Frankfurt Book Fair

Oct 11, 2017

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and French President, Emmanuel Macron, will open the Frankfurt Book Fair which begins on 11th October in the German city.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron will open the annual Frankfurt Book Fair Tuesday afternoon as Macron seeks to strengthen his partnership with Germany in a push for European reforms.

Macron will be accompanied by a who's who of the francophone literary world including controversial author Michel Houellebecq, Congolese novelist Alain Mabanckou and Moroccan-born writer Leila Slimani.

Merkel and Macron will tour the French pavillon before visiting a replica of the world's first printing press, which was invented by German Johannes Guttenberg in 1440 in the nearby city of Mainz. The Frankfurt Book Fair was first held shortly after its invention.

The event will also be politically charged in other ways, with Can Dundar - former editor-in-chief of Turkish opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet - giving a talk about writing in exile.

Margaret Atwood, the prolific author of The Handmaid's Tale, is due to receive the acclaimed Peace Prize for her body of work. The winner receives 25,000 euros (29,500 dollars).

Merkel has signalled openness to Macron's EU reform agenda, which includes a eurozone budget and greater harmonization of tax regimes.

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Merkel & Macron will open the Frankfurt Book Fair

Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron