FRANKFURT, Germany – The prosperous eastern German city of Frankfurt was gearing up on Tuesday to welcome thousands of book lovers from all over the world for its popular annual trade fair.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron would be on hand to officially open the event, with France being the Guest of Honor at the 69th edition of the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Fair director Jürgen Boos said that having the two European leaders open the event symbolized “the close relationship between Germany and France and their commitment to a strong, unified Europe.”
The event brings together industry experts and is “the most important marketplace for books, media, rights and licenses worldwide,” according to the organizers.
Images captured by an epa photographer showed the first visitors milling around and browsing some of the stalls at the Messe exhibition grounds in central Frankfurt.
About 180 French-language authors from 80 Francophone countries would be present at the event, taking part in over 300 activities over the course of the fair.
Among them would be Philippe Dijan, Michel Houellebecq, Edouard Louis, Alain Mabanckou, Yasmina Reza, Leila Slimani and Amelie Nothomb.
Over 7,150 exhibitors from 106 countries were set to take part in the event, which opens to the public between Oct. 11-15.
Some 278,000 visitors were expected to attend the fair.