Essayist, literary historian, literary critic, Marc Fumaroli was a free and enlightened mind. He was constantly concerned about the cultural policy of France, whose pretexts he pursued with talent, passionately attached to its prestige and excellence.
A French spirit, the Academician was also one of the most eminent thinkers in cultural Europe. His attachment to the French language was constant.
A writer and teacher, Marc Fumaroli had given back to the French the keys to their history. His words and verb highlighted the importance and influence of the Great Century and the Enlightenment. A fierce and sincere fighter, he had made his powerful erudition and the virtuosity of his language faithful companions in causes he thought just and essential. He placed the arts and letters above all else, assuming his biases, with greed and passion.
Illustrated by his reference book "Quand l'Europe parlait français" (2001), his passionate commitment to French continued in public action when Marc Fumaroli was appointed on 2 October 2006 to head the General Commission on Terminology and Neology (now Commission d'enrichi de la langue française). Succeeding Gabriel de Broglie, Marc Fumaroli exercised this mandate for nearly 10 years, in his own image, with panache and ardour.
For 20 years, Marc Fumaroli was president of the Société des Amis du Louvre, of which he was still honorary president, and supported the museum’s collections in many areas.
The Ministry of Culture owes him a lot.
I extend my sincere condolences to his family, to the members of the Académie française and the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, to his students and readers.