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'Le Progrès Egyptien’ celebrates its 125 anniversary at CIBF

Wed, Jan. 23, 2019
CAIRO – 23 January 2018: ‘’Le Progrès Egyptien’’ daily French newspaper will organise a celebration entitled ‘’ Le Progrès ..125 years of Francophone culture’’ to celebrate its 125th anniversary at the Cairo International Boom Fair on Thursday, January 24 from 4 pm to 6 pm.

‘’Le Progrès Egyptien’s’’ celebration will be attended by a notable group of Egyptian and international Francophone intellectuals.

The leading ‘’Le Progrès Egyptien’’ is the only French-language Egyptian daily newspaper. It was established on 1893 and owned by Al-Gomhuria governmental newspaper.

The Egyptian French pioneer newspaper played an important role in presenting an image about Egypt’s culture, political, economic, historical aspects to French people and Francophone intellectuals living in Egypt.

‘’Le Progrès Egyptien’’ minimized the gap between the Egyptian society and its French counterpart by bringing them together with its valuable articles and journalism coverage.

During this celebration the ancient French newspaper will review the vital role it played for 125 to promote the Francophone journalism in Egypt and the Middle East.

The attendees will explain how ‘’Le Progrès Egyptien’’ succeed since its launch to present innovative content that made it different from any other French newspaper in Egypt and the Middle East.

The editor in chief of ‘’Le Progrès Egyptien’’ is the acclaimed Egyptian journalist and writer Chaimaa Abdel Illah.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi inaugurated the Cairo International Book Fair''s 50th edition on Jan. 22.

The book fair is held for the first time at the Egyptian International Exhibition Center (EIEC) at the Fifth Settlement district, coinciding with its 50th anniversary.

The Arab League was chosen as the guest of honor of the exhibition, while the Ministry of Culture chose late writer Tharwat Okasha and great writer Suhair al-Qalmawi as the festival’s personalities of the year.

Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem announced the participation of 35 countries, including 10 African countries, 16 Asian countries, seven European countries and two from the Americas.

The minister of culture stated that the number of Egyptian publishing houses reached 579, 62 of which are first-time publishers and 517 participated in previous sessions.

Abdel Dayem further revealed that the foreign publishing houses totaled up to 70 publishers, 24 of which are participating for the first time and 146 participated in previous editions, reaching a total number of 723 displays and sales outlets.

The minister of culture also confirmed that the total number of publishing houses participating in the current book fair is 749 publishing houses offering publications in different types of knowledge, with an increase of 53 houses compared to last year.

Abdel Dayem pointed out that the Ministry of Culture has allocated a stand for books with reduced prices, which start from LE 1 to LE 5.

For Egyptian publishers, the prices of the book start from LE 1 to LE 10, so that books are affordable to everyone.
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