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'I Remember Papa,' Fottorino Says of his Moroccan Jewish Father

At the tender age of 50 Éric Fottorino is not just CEO of the company which owns the French daily “Le Monde,” but also a prize-winning novelist. And now Nice-born Fottorino has just produced an intensely personal memoir addressing his Jewish ancestry, “Questions for my Father,” recently published by Les éditions Gallimard.

Fottorino belatedly reconnected with his now-deceased birth father, a Moroccan-born Jewish obstetrician, Maurice Maman, after the death of his adoptive father. French readers find a mildly amusing pun in the notion of an obstetrician named Maman (French for “Mommy”), but “Questions for my Father” is wholly serious, recounting through meetings and email exchanges what Maman’s Judaism means to him.

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'I Remember Papa,' Fottorino Says of his Moroccan Jewish Father

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