The main thing Alain Françon, author and theater director at the age of 76, was stabbed to death that Wednesday at around 11:30 am in the Ecusson in Montpellier. He is in grave condition. The vital prognosis is busy.
Director Alain Françon, one of the most prolific in French theater, was badly stabbed to death in Montpellier on Wednesday in unclear circumstances, but at the end of the day his life was no longer in danger.
76-year-old Alain Françon collapsed on the street near the hotel he lived in, in the historic center of the city, the Ecusson district, according to a source near the investigation. He was badly hit in the neck and evacuated to a hospital by firefighters around 11:40 a.m.
No trace of the attack was visible on site in the early afternoon, noted an AFP photographer. At the end of the day he could have had an operation and, according to the police, his vital prognosis was no longer given. Nothing immediately explained the attack, and no arrest had taken place. Investigators have not discovered any weapons at the time, police added.
Teacher at the Montpellier National School of Dramatic Art
Since mid-February the director has been giving courses at the National School of Dramatic Art in Montpellier. He worked with the 2022 class around Peter Handke’s “Always the Storm”.
“My dear Alain Françon was the subject of a terrible attack in Montpellier […]. I thank the emergency services and the medical staff who took care of him quickly. My thoughts are with him and his relatives, “said Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot on Twitter.
The Mayor of Montpellier, Mickaël Delafosse, denounced in a press release “a hideous aggression” and welcomed the man of the theater “who came here to practice his profession and to pass on his passion to young enthusiasts and future artists”.
Born in Saint-Etienne in 1945, Alain Françon, three times “Moliérisé”, great lover of Chekhov and defender of contemporary authors, has put together more than 100 pieces in more than half a century. He has been the director of the renowned Parisian Théâtre de la Colline for almost 14 years (1996-2010) and has proposed many contemporary French authors such as Michel Vinaver, but especially the great British playwright Edward Bond, with whom he has developed a long collaboration.
Molière des director received three times
He previously co-founded and directed the Théâtre, which exploded in Annecy (1971-1989), then the Center dramatique national (CDN) – Théâtre du Huitième de Lyon (1989-1992) and the CDN de Savoie (1992-1996). He was awarded the director’s Molière three times in 1995 for “War Pieces” by Edward Bond, in 2010 for one of his adaptations of “La Cerisaie” by Tchekhov and finally in 2016 (director of a private theater show). for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” by Edward Albee.
After leaving La Colline, he founded his own company, the Théâtre des Nuages de Neige, and directed works by his favorite authors: “Extinction” by Thomas Bernhard, “The Three Sisters” by Anton Tchekhov at the Comédie-Française (where he also edited a version of “Cerisaie”), “Du mariage au divorce” by Feydeau, “Fin de partie” by Beckett, “La Trilogie de la Villégiature” by Goldoni in the Comédie-Française or again “Uncle Wanja” by Tchekhov at the Théâtre Nanterre Amandiers.
In Maïwenn’s latest film “DNA”, which was released at the end of 2020, he played the role of the actress’s “castrated” father and the director, who had once again drawn from his own story for his work.