It is with great sadness that the Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, learned of the disappearance of Charles-Henri Flammarion. France is losing one of its biggest publishers, a man of culture, a visionary entrepreneur, passionate about the democratization of knowledge.

Born into a family of publishers since 1876, Charles-Henri Flammarion had been raised among books, destined from childhood to take over the reins of the family publishing house of which he embodied the fourth generation. From this legacy he had made a powerful group, buying Casterman editions, reinventing the pocket book collection J'ai Lu, inspiring, with the Librio collection, a revolution in the world of publishing by proposing the first books of literature and knowledge to ten francs.

As an editor of Michel Houellebecq’s second novel, he loved to discover authors and accompany them throughout their careers, engaging with them in unfailing fidelity. Charles-Henri Flammarion, who was both a great publisher and a business leader ahead of your time, had made the family home one of the most respected groups in the French edition.

For the Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, France today loses one of those legendary publishers who have made the reputation of its literature in the world, accompanying their authors towards success and recognition. He was a great man of letters and a great entrepreneur who helped democratize reading. The world of French publishing will miss his discreet presence, his courtesy and his concern for others.”