French writer Nicolas Mathieu wins the "Prix Goncourt", which is definitely the most important literary prize in the neighboring country.
He has been awarded his novel "Leurs Enfants après eux", in German: "Your children after them". It is the second book by a 40-year-old author. Here he describes the life of young people in the early 90's in eastern France. The prize is symbolic of ten euros.
For this year's six great French literary prize, "Prix Renaudot" goes to Valérie Manteau's novel "Le sillon", which deals with the 2007 murdered Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink.