Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, would like to pay tribute to François Florent, a fantastic educator who contributed, with passion, to train generations of actresses and actors, among the most talented in French theatre and cinema.
While he wanted to take up acting, his teacher at the Conservatoire national d'art dramatique, René Simon, made him discover his vocation for teaching. It is at the head of the Conservatoire municipal du XVIIe He worked with such talents as Jacques Weber, Francis Huster, Catherine Ferran and Jean-Paul Roussillon.
In response to the insistence of his students, he decided to create his own structure in 1967, the Cours Florent, which over time would become a real institution of drama teaching.
His unique method, or rather his «program», as he preferred to call it, was intended to express the deepest imaginations of each. In line with the French tradition, he placed as much emphasis on the liberation of the body as on the rigorous work of the text.
From Daniel Auteuil to Audrey Tautou, from André Dussollier to Isabelle Adjani, the list of his alumni testifies to his talent for identifying, training, directing and advising artists.
Anxious to give everyone the same chance of success, François Florent created a free class that allowed the most modest young people to benefit from his pedagogy free of charge. Very attached to this project, he will continue until his disappearance to preside the last session of his entrance competition.
Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin extends her deepest condolences to his family, his loved ones and all the artists whose talent he has helped grow.