The city of Strasbourg, in northeastern France, recently presented its candidacy to be the world book capital in 2024, a UNESCO label that no French city has ever obtained since its creation in 2001.
The capital of the Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine region (Grand Est) indicated, in a press release, that it had submitted its file on April 15 to the UN organization based in Paris.
Strasbourg recalled that the designated city “undertakes to promote books and reading in all its forms and at all ages of life”.
This candidacy appeared in the electoral program of the mayor of the city, Jeanne Barseghian in the municipal elections of 2020.
Unesco chooses its world book capital each summer. Strasbourg’s rival cities are not known.
The Mexican city of Guadalajara, the current capital, will transmit this label in 2023 to the capital of Ghana, Accra.