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Swiss author receives French literature prize

André Klopmann is all smiles after winning the Quai des Orfèvres prize Keystone

The Swiss journalist and novelist, André Klopmann, has received the Quai des Orfèvres prize for his detective novel, "Crève, l'écran" -- Screen Presence.

It is the first time the prestigious French award is attributed to a foreigner.

The setting for the book is the Cannes film festival, which Klopmann knows well.

The French publisher Fayard usually prints 50,000 copies of prize- winning novels. However, Klopmann said at least 100,000 copies would be produced – 6,000 of which will be reserved for Swiss bookshops.

Klopmann, 40, has published several novels, but Screen Presence is his first detective work.

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