After the appointment of Rachida Dati, the tradition sector deplores the waltz of ministers | EUROtoday

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Rachida Dati, the mayor of the 7th arrondissement of Paris, Valérie Pecresse, the president of the Ile-de-France regional council, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rima Abdul-Malak, then minister of culture, and Carine Rolland, deputy mayor of Paris in charge of culture, during the inauguration ceremony of Maison Gainsbourg, in Paris, September 14, 2023.

And 5. Rachida Dati turns into the fifth minister of tradition underneath the Emmanuel Macron presidency, in precisely seven years. It is an understatement to say that the cultural group didn’t anticipate this appointment of Nicolas Sarkozy’s former Minister of Justice and considers itself greater than bored with this waltz of ministers on Rue de Valois. Like her predecessors, Rima Abdul Malak was dismissed lower than two years after taking workplace.

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“Since Nicolas Sarkozy, in seventeen years, there have been ten holders of this position, this weakens ministerial action”, regrets Jean-Jacques Aillagon, former minister of tradition underneath Jacques Chirac. “I am very sad about his departure”doesn’t disguise Pascal Rogard, basic director of the Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers (SACD). “This waltz is terrible, you have to start all over again every time, it’s a waste of time and it shows that culture is a kind of rattle”he laments.

Same remorse for Hervé Rony, basic director of the Civil Society of Multimedia Authors (SCAM): “The Ministry of Culture continues to suffer from harmful instability”he lamented on X (previously Twitter). “What ambition to change every two years at best? We can fundamentally question the president’s interest in this sector”scolds Mr. Rony.

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Same query for Nicolas Dubourg, president of the National Union of Artistic and Cultural Enterprises (Syndeac, the main group of employers within the public sector). According to him, this reshuffle “is confirmation of the President of the Republic’s lack of consideration for this ministry. We are witnessing stability at Bercy and the Ministry of the Interior, but culture and national education are becoming ministries of political adjustment. The disrepute for these major public services shows to what extent liberal ideology dominates.”

“The culture deserved better than this”

“My arms are falling”, mentioned Pierre Ouzoulias, communist senator, bluntly. Castigating a political coup – “culture deserved better than that” –, this energetic member of the tradition committee within the Senate want to salute Rima Abdul Malak, “a minister of culture of conviction”. “She considered tradition as a way of human emancipation and bringing folks collectivelyregrets the senator. Thanks to our fruitful discussions, heritage laws was enriched with two legal guidelines on restitution. The final one on colonial spoliations could also be harder to realize…”

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