Assia Djebar elected by Académie française
Algerian writer and film director Assia Djebar was elected to the Académie française, it was announced on Thursday. Djebar, 69, is one of North-Africa's best-known and most widely acclaimed writers. In her books, Djebar has explored the struggle for social emancipation and the Muslim woman's world in its complexities. Her strong feminist stance has earned her much praise.
The Académie française, often called simply l'Académie, is an organization which moderates the French language. The primary role of the Académie française is to regulate the French language by determining standards of acceptable grammar and vocabulary.