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Following the passing of Marc Fumaroli yesterday, I thought it was a good idea to start a new topic concerning the 40 French/frail academicians. 

To be honest, I was quite hesitant to make it as a game just like the oldest state leaders alive where everyone can choose a candidate between the remaining one, but maybe a simple topic about is enough ? Let me know if a game sounds interesting for you ! 

Anyway, I doubt those people are barely even famous outside of France (except for a few one) and, even here, there's some names which remains quite unknown ! 


Here are the 33 remaining academician alive after Fumaroli's death


- René de Obaldia (seat n°22) : 1918 

- Valéry Giscard d'Estaing (seat n°16) : 1926

- Jean Denis Bredin (seat n°3) : 1929 

- Hélène Carrère d'Encausse (seat n°14) : 1929 

- Dominique Fernandez (seat n°25) : 1929

- François Cheng (seat n°34) : 1929

- Gabriel de Broglie (seat n°11) : 1931 

- Pierre Nora (seat n°27) : 1931 

- Pierre Rosenberg (seat n°23) : 1936 

- Michael Edwards (seat n°31) : 1938 

- Claude Dagens (seat n°1) : 1940 

- Angelo Rinaldi (seat n°20) : 1940 

- Jean Clair (seat n°39) : 1940 

- Daniel Sallenave (seat n°30) : 1940 

- Florence Delay (seat n°10) : 1941 

- Jules Hoffman (seat n°7) : 1941 

- Jean Marie Rouart (seat n°26) : 1943 

- Frédéric Vitoux (seat n°15) : 1944

- Michel Zink (seat n°37) : 1945

- Jean-Luc Marion (seat n°4) : 1946 

- Eric Orsenna (seat n°17) : 1947 

- Patrick Grainville (seat n°9) : 1947 

- Xavier Darcos (seat n°40) : 1947 

- Barbara Cassin (seat n°36) : 1947 

- Daniel Rondeau (seat n°8) : 1948 

- Amin Maalouf (seat n°29) : 1949 

- Alain Finkielkraut (seat n°21) : 1949 

- Jean Christophe Ruffin (seat n°28) : 1952 

- Danny Lafferière (seat n°2) : 1953

- Dominique Bona (seat n°33) : 1953 

- Maurizio Serra (seat n°13) : 1954 

- Marc Lambron (seat n°38) : 1957 

- Andreï Makine (seat n°5) : 1957 


There is actually 7 seats empty

- N°6 : following the death of Marc Fumaroli the 24th of June of 2020 

N°12 : following the death of Jean d'Ormesson the 5th of December of 2017

- N°18 : following the death of Michelle Serres the 1st of June of 2019

- N°19 : following the death of Jean-Loup Dabadie the 24th of May of 2020

- N°24 : following the death of Max Gallo the 18th of July of 2017

- N°32 : following the death of François Weyergens the 27th of May of 2019

- N°35 : following the death of Yves Pouliquen the 4th of February of 2020


Noted that there is actually 3 deaths of French academicians this year, the deadlier year for academicians is 2007 with 7 deaths. Plus the deaths of Dabadie and Fumaroli are exactly one month appart : could we expect another death on the 24th of July now ? 

So, now, who will be the next one to die ? Who will be the next one to join this frail assembly ? 

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I don't know how to edit the topic but I've just figured I forgot an -s at the end of "academician" on the title

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Je pense que ce topic n'est que pour des français donc autant répondre en français x)


Pour ma part j'ai misé sur trois académiciens cette année: Giscard d'Estaing pour son importance, René de Obaldia pour son grand âge et Jean-Denis Bredin pour avoir lu un article autour de l'affaire Tapie et qui disait qu'il n'était plus que l'ombre de lui-même...


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Plus largement j'ai dans ma liste d'autres académiciens membres des autres académies de l'Institut:

Luc Montagnier (6) et Jean-Pierre Serre (34) Ac des Sciences, Christian Poncelet (8) Ac. des sciences morales et politiques, Pierre Cardin (24) Ac. des Beaux-art

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I think Bredin is the closest to the heaven's door, having not appeared in public for ages.


Both Obaldia and Valery are however still sound of mind. They have the potential to see 2021.

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