"Publicis Conseil is in mourning. A great man is gone. Regards to all who loved him." So wrote Valerie Henaff, CEO of Publicis Conseil on Twitter, regarding Fabrice Dubois, one of the dead following Friday's attacks on Paris.
Mr. Dubois was a senior copywriter who spent nearly 13 years at Publicis Conseil in Paris, according to his LinkedIn profile. The agency confirmed his death on its Facebook page. "Fabrice Dubois, victim of the attack in Bataclan, left us last night. All the agency's upset. He was a very great man, in every sense of the word." According to news reports, he was 46.
Publicis, as well as other shops like Havas' BETC, are praying there are no more victims among their employees. But sadly, according to news reports out of France, two other ad industry vets have so far been identified among the dead. Yannick Minvielle, a creative director at RED/Publicis, was reportedly killed at the Bataclan, as was François-Xavier Prévost, who joined LocalMedia in April after five years at Havas Media.
"There were a lot of people from the industry at the Bataclan on Friday," Ellen Broome, head of international communications at BETC Paris said in an email, citing the theater on the Boulevard Voltaire where one of the attacks took place. "The bar and restaurant attacked were a few minutes from BETC and where we all go all the time for lunch and drinks."
"I'm really shocked," she wrote. "Up until a year ago we lived just by the Bataclan and the owners of the Carillon [bar that was the site on an attack] are friends as we go there all the time. Heartbreaking."
Among Mr. Dubois' body of work were campaigns for Renault's Twingo automobile, telecom Orange and Stihl power tools. Several of the campaigns Mr. Dubois worked on, including for the International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism, have been featured in Ad Age's Creativity.
On its Facebook page, the agency posted in French: "Our thoughts are with [Mr. Dubois'] family, his wife, his children, his friends, those with which he worked. A special thought to Pascale Gayraud, with which he was in team for 20 years. Fabrice, we will miss you."
-- Written from bureau reports