Françoise Nyssen, CEO of French publisher Actes Sud, has been appointed culture minister in Prime Minister Edouard Philippe's new government, the Bookseller reported, cautioning that the appointment could be only provisional if newly elected President Emmanuel Macron's "party La République En Marche! does not win a majority in the parliamentary elections" scheduled for June 11 and 18. Actes Sud received the Bookseller Adult Trade Publisher Award at the London Book Fair in 2016.
Marie Sellier, president of Société des Gens de Lettres, said, "Françoise is strongminded, frank, enthusiastic and passionate about what she does. I do not believe she will sweep issues under the carpet, and am confident she will tackle the problem of authors' pensions with energy."