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After being declared the winner of the Prix Goncourt, France's top literary award, the winner quoted football great George Best. Jean-Paul Dubois paraphrased one of the late hard-drinking Belfast-born star's most famous quips after he was mobbed when the prize was announced in a Paris restaurant."A French Life" won the prestigious Femina prize in 2004 and was published in English three years later.The chairman of the Goncourt jury Bernard Pivot described Dubois as a French "John Irving or William Boyd," writing highly entertaining books that are both popular and critical successes.Several French critics had hailed the novel as Dubois' best.While Dubois gets only 10 euros ($11) for winning the Goncourt, the prize almost guarantees a boost in sales of 450,000 copies or more, placing it instantly among the year's top best-sellers.
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