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"When you look at the sky at night, since I will dwell in one of them, since I laugh in one of them, then it will be for you as if all the stars were laughing. Thou shalt, thou stars that can laugh! "
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - The Little Prince (1943)

In the Royal Garden of the City of Toulouse, a statue erected in honor of the great man was Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The statue was sculpted by Madeleine Tézenas, official painter of the Academy of air and space.

Source Wikipedia:
"Antoine Marie Jean-Baptiste Roger de Saint-Exupéry1, born 29 June 1900 in Lyon and disappeared in flight July 31, 1944 at sea off the coast of Marseille, Died for France, is a writer, poet and French aviator.

Born into a family after the française2 nobility, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry spent a happy childhood, despite the untimely death of his father. Little bright student, he nevertheless obtained his BA in 1917 and, after his failure at the Naval Academy, he turned to fine art and architecture. Became a pilot during his military service in 1921 in Strasbourg, he was hired in 1926 by the company Latécoère (future Aeropostale) and carries the mail from Toulouse in Senegal before moving to South America in 1929. Meanwhile he published in s 'Drawing on his experiences Aviator, his first novels: Southern Courier in 1929 and especially in 1931, Night Flight, which is a great success.

In 1932, his employer enters a difficult period. Saint-Exupéry also he devoted himself to writing and journalism. He undertook major reports in Vietnam in 1934, Moscow in 1935, Spain in 1936, which feed its reflection on the humanist values ​​that develops in Terre des hommes, published in 1939.

In 1939, he was drafted into the Air Force and is assigned to a squadron of aerial reconnaissance. At the armistice, he left France for New York with the aim to bring the Americans in the war and became one of the voices of the Resistance. Dreaming of action, he finally joined the spring of 1944, Sardinia and Corsica, a charge of photographic reconnaissance for the landing in Provence unit. He was lost at sea with his plane P-38 Lightning F5B during his mission on July 31, 1944. His plane has been found that from 2000.

The Little Prince, written in New York during the war, is published with his own watercolors in New York in 1943 and in 1946 by Gallimard in France. This tale full of charm and humanity quickly became a huge global success. "

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