Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco was at the Paris Book Fair last Thursday to open the Moroccan Pavilion to celebrate Moroccan literature.
Each year the Paris Book Fair celebrates a particular country’s body of literature, and for the 2017 iteration, the Kingdom of Morocco was the featured country.
Princess Lalla Meryem and French President Francois Hollande opened the pavilion on Thursday. The Princess met Pierre Dutilleul, the Director General of the Syndicat National de l’Edition; Mohamed Amine Sbihi, Minister of Culture; Rachid Benmokhtar Benabdellah, Minister of National Education and Vocational Training; Chakib Benmoussa, the Ambassador of Morocco in Paris; and Zohour Alaoui, an Ambassador and a permanent UNESCO delegate of Morocco.
As the country of honour for the fair, Morocco will be highlighted with a feature on Moroccan literature, events with Moroccan authors, and discussions on Morocco’s literary business.
The Paris Book Fair was created in 1981 and has grown into a major literary festival that brings together both French and international authors, publishers, and book lovers.
“A popular, festive and friendly event ideal for families, the Book Fair is a fascinating affair for numerous visitors who come to discover and buy books, enjoy surprise meetings with authors and explore other cultures,” explains the Paris Book Fair’s website.
The 2017 Fair runs from 24-27 March at the Paris Porte de Versailles, Pavilion 1.
Princess Lalla Meryem, 54, is the eldest child of the late King Hassan II of Morocco and older sister of Morocco’s current King Mohammed; she has also used her platform to focus on social and cultural initiatives. She is the president of the Moroccan branch of UNICEF, is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, and is President of the National Union of Moroccan Women. She advocates on behalf of women’s and children’s rights as well, on a global scale.
Princess Lalla Meryem was married to Fuad Filali from 1984 to 1999, and they had a son and daughter together.