Friends remembered Ms. Dufourmantelle as a profound philosopher and psychoanalyst whose work was widely admired.
âWhat to me characterized Anne was her gentleness and her strength,â said HÃ©lÃ¨ne Fresnel, a journalist at Psychologies Magazine and a friend of Ms. Dufourmantelleâs. âShe managed to tie the two together.â
Ms. Dufourmantelle had been a prominent voice of a new generation of female French intellectuals, Ms. Fresnel said, and her âgentleness and goodnessâ garnered widespread support from her peers.
âThere are schools in the psychoanalytic field, and she transcended those schools,â Ms. Fresnel said.
RaphaÃ«l Enthoven, another French philosopher, posted a message on Twitter on Monday that paid tribute to Ms. Dufourmantelleâs work.
âSadness and stupor to learn at the moment the death of the philosopher and psychoanalyst, who spoke so well of dreams,â Mr. Enthoven wrote.
Franceâs culture minister, FranÃ§oise Nyssen, also used Twitter to express her grief at the news of Ms. Dufourmantelleâs death.
âShe helped us to live, to think about the world of today,â Ms. Nyssen wrote.
Ms. Dufourmantelle had two children from her first marriage and a daughter from her later relationship with the writer FrÃ©dÃ©ric Boyer. That daughter was on the beach with her on the day she died, according to a…