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Franco-Egyptian poet Andree Chedid dies at 90

Andree Chedid with her grandson Matthieu (centre) and son Louis (image from 2001)
Image caption This photo from 2001 shows Andree Chedid with her grandson Matthieu (centre) and son Louis

Andree Chedid, the Franco-Egyptian poet whose son and grandson became famous singers in France, has died in Paris at the age of 90, her publisher said.

Over 50 years, Chedid created a body of work which included novels and drama, winning the 1979 Goncourt prize for literature for Time And The Body.

Born in Cairo of Lebanese Christian descent, she moved to Paris in 1946.

Her son Louis Chedid is a well-known French singer and grandson Matthieu "M" Chedid is a pop star.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said the poet, who died on Sunday evening, had been part of a "generation of cosmopolitan intellectuals who chose France as their adopted land after the war, helping bring about a literary renaissance in our country".

Born on 20 March 1920, Andree Chedid was brought up in three languages - Arabic, English and French - and studied at the American University in Cairo, publishing her first works in English before turning to French.

Much of her work was inspired by the Arabic world, an AFP news agency obituary notes.

Her novels included The Sixth Day, about a family struggling with a cholera outbreak, which was filmed by the late Youssef Chahine, one of Egypt's most famous cinema directors.

She also wrote a hit song for her grandson "M".

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