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Distinguished Ivorian journalist dies in Paris

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The Ivorian reporter-writer Lebry Leon Francis died in Paris, France of a protracted illness, relatives of the departed reported on Tuesday, 21 January 2020.

Former Director General of the state-owned daily, Fraternite Matin, Lebry was one of the benchmarks of the APA (Agence de Presse Africaine) newspaper where he served for several decades.

Also a writer and biographer, he is the author of several books, including “Lougah, coulisses d’un artiste” (Lougah, behind the scenes of an artist), “La Cote d’Ivoire et le Vatican, 40 ans d’amitie” (Cote d’Ivoire Coast and the Vatican, 40 years of friendship) and “Cardinal Jean-Pierre Kutwa, miraculé et cardinal” (Cardinal Jean-Pierre Kutwa, a miraculous survivor and cardinal).

A high-quality reporter, Lebry was named best journalist for the Ivorian print press in 2006, a distinction which was awarded to him during the ninth edition of the “Ebony Prize” organized by the National Union of Journalists of Cote d’Ivoire (UNJCI).