This is disturbing news. Former Culture Minister Frédéric Mitterrand, 73, was urgently admitted to a Paris hospital on Wednesday, his family announced in a statement sent to AFP on Thursday. “His state of health, although stable, remains sensitive for the days to come. He contracted (the disease) Covid-19 10 days ago during a small family gathering during the Christmas holidays”, specify his relatives.
Ironically, last November, the former minister, novelist and television man published a book called A Funny War (published by Robert Laffont) in which he recounted the fight against the virus led by his brother Jean-Gabriel Mitterrand last March, as well as the daily life of patients’ relatives. “Friday, April 3. The virus is like everyone else. It will rebuild its health next summer by taking advantage of the terraces, beaches, festive aperitifs and weddings. He will come back cheered up from his good vacation to launch the second wave”, he wrote in the book.
Nephew of the former President of the Republic, Frédéric Mitterrand has been successively a cinema operator, television host-producer, documentary and film maker. He also managed the Villa Medici in Rome before being appointed Minister of Culture from 2009 to 2012. Last February, he was installed at the Academy of Fine Arts, in the chair previously occupied by actress Jeanne Moreau, in the cinema and audiovisual section.
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