Jury & Presenteur

Ceremony master

Sylvain Tesson



Sylvain Tesson was born in Paris (a French city). He is member of “Writers of the Navy “    (France also has a Navy).

Some of his books are translated in to English: Consolations of the forest, Berezina (about the beloved Napoleon). His last book about the snow leopard is soon to be published in English. His others books did not cross the Channel. Neither does he.



Jury's president

Patrick Poivre d'Arvor


As a key figure in the world of French world of television, he was considered as the king of TV news readers on the French TV channel TF1 for over twenty years. Today he devotes most of his time to his first love: writing.

Journalist and writer Patrick Poivre d’Arvor presented his first news broadcast in 1975 and went on to be the most watched newsreader in France for the subsequent thirty years. As a great lover of literature, he wrote “Les Enfants de l’aube” at the age of 17 and has since written around sixty books.

He has been awarded prizes such as the Interallié prize for L’Irrésolu in 2000 (Albin Michel) and the Maurice Genevoix prize for “La Mort de Don Juan” in 2004 (Albin Michel).

In 1988, a puppet impersonating Patrick Poivre d’Arvor became the star of the Canal+ show Les Guignols de l’info. He is very often referred to by his initials, PPDA.