|Alma mater||École Normale Supérieure|
|Known for||Member of the Académie française|
Previously the auxiliary bishop of the diocese of Poitiers from 1999 to 2005, he is a specialist in Catholic doctrine, and was elected the twentieth member to occupy seat 1 of the Académie française April 2008. He has written abundantly about the role of the Church in French society and its relationship with secularism.
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