Émilie Frèche, the winner of the 2013 Orange Prize for Fiction in France

Online voters and the Orange Prize for Fiction jury have chosen Émilie Frèche as this year’s winner for her novel, Deux étrangers [Two Strangers], published by Actes Sud. 

On Tuesday, June 11, Christine Albanel, Senior Executive Vice President in charge of CSR, Events, Cultural, Institutional Partnerships and Philanthropy at Orange, and Erik Orsenna, writer, member of the Académie Française and President of the Orange Prize for Fiction jury, announced the result of the vote by web users and the jury for the 2013 prize.

Since 2009, the Orange Prize for Fiction has rewarded a literary work written in French and published between January 1 and March 31 of the year in question. In the competition’s first year, jury members were also able to vote for their favorite book from among the finalists. The votes cast by the jury and web users are given equal weighting.
Deux étrangers [Two Strangers], by Émilie Frèche, has won the 2013 Orange Prize for Fiction in France.

Voting was open to the public from May 15 to June 4 on , with voters being able to choose between six works nominated by the jury, chaired by Erik Orsenna. Also on the jury were Arthur Dreyfus, Colombe Schneck, Florian Zeller, Eric Reinhardt, Alain Schmidt, Anne-Sophie Thuard and eight web users, selected through an application process.

Émilie Frèche joins Fabrice Humbert (L’Origine de la violence [The Origin of Violence], Le Passage), Jacques Gélat (Le Traducteur Amoureux [The Romantic Translator], Corti), David Thomas (Un Silence de Clairière [A Silence through the Clearing], Albin Michel), and Arthur Dreyfus (Belle Famille [Beautiful Family], Gallimard), the respective winners of the prize between 2009 and 2012. She will receive €15,000 in prize money.

the five other finalists were:

 Michèle Audin, Une vie brève [A Short Life], Gallimard
• Emmanuèle Bernheim, Tout s'est bien passé [Everything Went Well], Gallimard
• Marco Koskas, Ivresse du reproche [The Intoxication of Blame], Fayard
• Mathieu Simonet, Marc Beltra, Roman autour d'une disparition [A Novel About a Disappearance], Omniscience
• Jean-Marc Roberts, Deux vies valent mieux qu’une [Two Lives Are Better than One], Flammarion (Jean-Marc Roberts passed away in March 2013.)

last update: 14 June 2013