Alexis Delafontaine, edited by Gauthier Delomez with AFP 11:08 am, November 30, 2021

The manuscript of the play "Germinal" by Émile Zola is auctioned Tuesday by Sotheby's in Paris.

Angry at this sale, the communist Fabien Roussel calls on Europe 1 the Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot and asks him to recover this emblematic work of the French writer.

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A sale that makes Fabien Roussel jump.

The elected Communist, candidate for the presidential election of 2022, calls on Europe 1 the Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot.

At issue: the auction of the manuscript of the play 

Germinal

 adapted by Émile Zola, the author of the eponymous novel, on Tuesday at Sotheby's in Paris.

"

Germinal

is the history of France.

Germinal

is the history of a people, of the people of minors, of those who have given so much for the country", insists the deputy on Europe 1.

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"You can't sell everything in this country"

Fabien Roussel underlines that this emblematic work of the French writer "remains very popular today, each time it has been adapted for cinema or as part of a television series". The deputy of the 20th district of the North supports: "

Germinal

, it is Zola. It is the history of our country. It must remain in France. We cannot sell everything in this country, the factories, the know-how. to do, but also works which must be part of the national cultural heritage and which must remain in France ".

The elected Communist is not the only one to regret this auction.

The president of the community of Porte du Hainaut was moved by it, believing that it should become "a public good" and "stay in France".

Sotheby's Paris opens online sale of the manuscript of

Germinal's play

Tuesday and until December 8 for these 454 sheets signed by the hand of the famous naturalist novelist, between 1885 and 1887. This play by Émile Zola

is estimated between 100,000 and 150,000 euros.

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