[7 March] Interview with Azouz Begag [fr]

On March 7th 2017, Azouz Begag will visit the Alliance française Dublin for an interview with Irish professor and academic specialist in culture, translation and the Irish language Michael Cronin.


Azouz Begag was born in 1957 in Lyon. He is a French writer, politician and researcher in economics and sociology at the CNRS. He was the delegate minister for equal opportunities of France in the government of French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin till 5 April 2007. He resigned to support the moderate centrist candidate François Bayrou, one of the two UMP ministers to do so. Before becoming minister, Begag was decorated and made Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Mérite and knight of the Legion of Honor.
Begag has a doctorate in Economics from Lyon II University. He has combined the functions of researcher in economy at the CNRS and at the Maison des sciences sociales et humaines of Lyon since 1980 and the one of professor at the École Centrale de Lyon. A visiting professor in Spring 2002 at the Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies at Florida State University, Begag was later made a honorary professor.
Begag’s academic career, culminating in his place as a researcher at the CNRS, as well as his political career to date, have also centered around the problems of unequal opportunity for those brought up in industrial suburbs and ghettos. In his account in 2007 of his two years as minister, The Sheep in the Bathtub, he describes his research work as that of a sociologist.
Begag has written approximately 20 literary books for adults and children, as well as songs.Begag’s best known literary work (he has published many novels often inspired by his childhood) is the autobiographical novel Le Gone du Chaâba, published in 1986 by Éditions du Seuil.

The interview will be conducted by Michael Cronin, who is an academic specialist in culture, translation and the Irish language, a Full Professor with a Personal Chair in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Dublin City University, Ireland.

Meet him at the Alliance française Dublin at 6:30 pm on March 7th!

RSVP necessary here

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Published on 09/03/2017

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