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French poet and writer dies in Paris aged 90

Andrée Chedid,
Andrée Chedid, AFP

Andree Chedid, the mother of singer Louis and grandmother of Mathieu Chedid, died in Paris on Sunday. She was born on 20 March, 1920, in Cairo of immigrant Lebanese Christian parents and moved to Paris in 1946. She spoke three languages - Arabic, French and English - and her work often reflected her multi-cultural origins 

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Chedid began writing at an early age producing her first poems when she was just 16-years-old and a novel two years later. She is perhaps best known for Le sixieme jour, (The sixth day) which was made into a film by the Egyptian director Youssef Chahine in 1986. Another of her novels, L'autre, (The other) was also turned into a film in 1991.

Alongside her novels, Chedid also wrote poems, plays, children's books and even songs for her son and grandson to perform.

Her last novel, Les quatre morts deJean de Dieu, (The four deaths of Jean de Dieu) was published last year when Chedid was 90-years-old.
 

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