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Françoise Chandernagor is a Frenchmarker writer, born June 15, 1945. She is the daughter of André Chandernagor. She is a former student of the National School of Administration - École nationale d'administrationmarker, and she became a member of the Council of State in 1969.


In 1991, Françoise Chandernagor authored the report of the Council of State on judicial public rights.

She left the administration and abandoned her career as a civil servant in 1993, to dedicate her time to writing. She is a member of the Académie Goncourt.

She was born to a family of masons related to the descendants of an Indian free slave (hence her name). She married Philippe Jurgensen and is the mother of three children. Françoise Chandernagor divides her life between Parismarker and Francemarker's central region.

After receiving her diploma from the institute of political studies of Paris and a master's degree in public law, she was admitted at age 21 to the National School of Administration - École nationale d'administrationmarker (ÉNA), finishing two years later at the top of her class, the first woman to reach such position.

In 1969 she entered the Council of State where she held various legal posts, most notably as Attorney-General.

She also held positions in the foreign service, both in cultural and economic affairs, and held leadership positions in charities, particularly as the vice president of the France Foundation until 1988 and as the vice president of the Aguesseau Foundation.

In 1991, she drafted the annual report of the Council of State on "sécurité juridique" (The protection of the rights of the citizen in the judicial system).

L'Allée du Roi (The King's Way) Françoise Chandernagor.
Since 1981, when she published The King's Way (memories of Madam de Maintenonmarker - Françoise d'Aubigné, marquise de Maintenon, the second wife of Louis XIV, Françoise Chandernagor wrote six novels and a play (Brusselsmarker in 1993-1994 and to Parismarker in 1994-1995). Several of her novels were translated in fifteen languages, and two of them were the object of television adaptations.

Françoise Chandernagor presides the Jean Giono Prize, and is currently the administrator of the Foundation of the Castle of Maintenon, Corporation of the readers of the World, and Century. She is member of the Académie Goncourt since June 1995.


Rumor has it that Françoise Chandernagor, during her big admission speech at ENA, answered the question of the jury: " What difference do you make between a lover and a husband? " with the clever answer: - "it's like... night and day"!


  • L'Allée du Roi (1981)
  • Leçons de ténèbres
  • La Sans Pareille (1988)
  • L'Archange de Vienne (1989)
  • L'Enfant aux loups (1990)
  • L'Ombre du Soleil (monologue théâtral d'après L'Allée du Roi, 1994)
  • L'Enfant des Lumières (1995)
  • La Première épouse (1998)
  • Maintenon (en collaboration avec Georges Poisson, 2001)
  • La Chambre (2002)
  • Couleur du temps (2004)

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