French writer Maurice Druon dies aged 90

French writer Maurice Druon dies aged 90 Paris - French author Maurice Druon, a former culture minister and fighter for France's World War II resistance movement, died Tuesday aged 90, the Academie francaise announced. Druon, author of numerous novels, was hailed by President Nicolas Sarkozy as "grand scribe and a grand soul."

He is best known for Les Rois Maudits, or The Accused Kings, a series of historical novels published in the 1950s.

Born on April 23, 1918 in Paris to a Russian-born father, Druon was regarded a language purist, protector of French traditions and outspoken opponent of anglicisms invading the French language.

The writer joined the French Resistance against Nazi Germany's occupation and co-wrote Le Chant de Partisans, the movement's anthem. In 1966 we was elected to the Academie francaise to succeed Georges Duhamel. (dpa)