Françoise Nyssen

Françoise Nyssen Appointed as France’s New Minister of Culture

French president Emmanuel Macron, who was elected into office last week, has revealed his first government appointments, a range of officials from across the political spectrum. As minister of culture he selected publisher Françoise Nyssen, Astrid De Larminat reports in Le Figaro.

As CEO of French publishing house Éditions Actes Sud, Nyssen has never been involved with party politics before. Born in Belgium in 1951, Nyssen holds a degree in urban planning from the Institut Supérieur d’Urbanisme et de Rénovation Urbaine in Brussels and served as an official in the Architecture Department of the Belgian Ministry of the Environment and the Living Environment.

Nyssen first entered the publishing world in 1980, when she became a partner and CEO of the Cooperative d’Editions du Paradou. In 1987, she partnered with her father, Hubert Nyssen, to launch the Arles-based Actes Sud. She also created the Actes Sud bookshop with her husband, Jean-Paul Capitani. In 1991, she was awarded the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year Award. Nyssen was named Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters since 2008 and an Officer of the Order of the Legion of Honor since 2013.