Jean d’Ormesson, a very public face among the usually discreet “immortals” of the prestigious Academie Française, whom French President Emmanuel Macron called a “prince of letters,” has died, reports The Washington Post. He was 92.
The academy announced that d’Ormesson, a writer, philosopher and newspaper commentator, died on Tuesday. It did not provide a cause of death.
A dapper man known for his charm and wit, he appeared regularly on French TV — unlike most other lifetime members of the academy.
D’Ormesson was inducted into the academy in 1973, sitting in the 12th of 40 assigned chairs.