Sunday 4 December 2016

French writer Edmonde Charles-Roux dies aged 95

Published 21/01/2016 | 09:14

Mayor of Marseille Gaston Defferre (right) with his wife French journalist and writer Edmonde Charles-Roux in their Marseille apartment. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Mayor of Marseille Gaston Defferre (right) with his wife French journalist and writer Edmonde Charles-Roux in their Marseille apartment. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Edmonde Charles-Roux, French writer and wife of former interior minister and mayor of Marseille Gaston Defferre, posing at the City Hall of Marseille during a ceremony honoring her late husband. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

French writer Edmonde Charles-Roux, who was among the founding editors of Elle magazine and a longtime editor of Vogue before turning to literature, has died aged 95.

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The Academie Goncourt, whose prize she won with her novel To Forget Palermo, said she died in her home town of Marseille late yesterday.

The daughter of a diplomat who spent most of her childhood outside France, Charles-Roux obtained a nursing degree in 1939 when the Second World War broke out. She was wounded in a bombing in 1940 and was ultimately honoured by the French Foreign Legion.

At the end of the war, she worked for the newly founded Elle, before ultimately becoming chief editor of Vogue until 1966, when her first novel was published.

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