Tribute by Frédéric Mitterrand, Minister of Culture and Communication, to Pierre-Jean Rémy
I learned with great emotion the disappearance of Jean-Pierre Angremy,
also famous under his pen name of Pierre-Jean Rémy. With him,
a great figure of the French letters, an accomplished man of culture and a
great servant of the State has just left us.
The wealth and fruitfulness of his career never ceased to amaze us and
will be admired for a long time to come. In addition to
distinguished diplomatic career, notably in China, Pierre-Jean Rémy
leaves us as a legacy some sixty works of writing quality
and many chronicles full of taste and spirit
devoted to the theatre, but above all to his passion for opera and opera.
His talent as a writer had earned him the Renaudot Prize in 1971, and the Académie
awarded him his Grand Prix du roman in 1986, before
immortalize it two years later under its Dome. This lover of the language
was fond of all the arts, whose beauties he knew how to express with
The name of Jean-Pierre Angremy will also remain attached to some
the great hours of the history of the Ministry of Culture and
Communication, which he will have permanently marked with his imprint. As
director of theatre and shows, he played a decisive role
in the implementation of the projects of the Opéra Bastille and the Cité de la
music. He was also a remarkable director of the Académie de France in
Rome, and a wise president of the National Library of France.
For each of those who knew and loved him, there will remain a reference, that
a humanist passionately involved in the cultural life of the city.