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12:40  23 may  2020
12:40  23 may  2020 Source:   pressfrom.com

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A group of more than 600 publishers, authors and booksellers published a column on Saturday addressed to the head of state so that he acts to "save" the book industry endangered by the Covid-19 epidemic, while the government says it is working on a "support plan".

"The State must prevent the collapse of this vital sector for our whole society (...) Many bookstores and publishing houses, known and recognized, and the authors, illustrators, translators, like all creators of the book, will not recover if the entire industry does not benefit from a rapid and ambitious recovery plan ", plead the signatories, including the Nobel Prize winner Patrick Modiano, the editor Antoine Gallimard or the novelist Guillaume Musso.

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The complete closure of bookshops has led to a loss of almost all of their turnover for them, and of more than 80% for publishing houses, remind the signatories of the tribune published by Le Monde .

"Distributors, distributors and printers have therefore been severely affected. The authors, deprived of book sales and paid meetings, are experiencing an unprecedented loss of income", they underline.

"There is now an absolute emergency to intervene before the summer," insist the signatories who want "aid of several hundred million euros" for the sector.

"If an ambitious recovery plan in favor of books and reading is not triggered, many players will disappear, others will have to fight to just survive," said the National Publishing Union. (SNE), the Syndicat de la librairie française (SLF) and the Permanent Council of Writers (CPE) in a joint press release sent to AFP.

"The book is a big forgotten thing", regret the SNE, the SLF and the CPE who believe that "the amount of five million euros provided by the National Book Center is entirely insufficient" to save the sector .

The Minister of Culture, Franck Riester announced Friday on his twitter account that he was working with the Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire "on a plan to support the book chain in concert with all the professionals of the sector".

He promised action "at the end of next week".

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