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Rachida Dati, Minister of Culture, at the Elysée Palace, in Paris, January 17, 2024.

It was September 27, 2023. All smiles, Rima Abdul Malak introduced a tradition funds (excluding public audiovisual) rising by 6% for 2024. That is, an extra 241 million euros and the promise of a “budget for transformation, inspiration” devoted to supporting “changes in culture”. Five months later, the ministers have modified, Bercy is in search of financial savings to compensate for weaker development than anticipated, and, finally, the funds of Rue de Valois suffers a blow of 204.3 million euros.

This shock cancellation of credit, taken by decree, primarily impacts the heritage (99.5 million) and creation (96 million) packages. The Culture Pass (251 million euros) is totally spared, as are the artwork faculties, which, in 2023, had sounded the alarm concerning the explosion of further prices linked to inflation.

Faced with this determination imposed by Matignon and the Ministry of the Economy, which was very poorly acquired on the bottom, the brand new Minister of Culture, Rachida Dati, selected to make use of all present budgetary instruments to attempt to restrict the impression of funds cuts and rising discontent.

Savings claimed by Bercy

Rue de Valois ought to due to this fact draw closely on the precautionary reserve obtainable to every ministry to cope with the “unforeseen event”. Concretely, 139 million (i.e. 70% of the trouble requested) must be taken from the credit positioned in reserve. To this is able to be added switch decrees to attract on the precautionary reserve of packages not beforehand involved by the financial savings claimed by Bercy – particularly “books, cultural industry” and “press and media” – and thus stability the efforts . Provided that the Ministry of the Economy validates these selections, there would stay 28 million financial savings to be discovered for the inventive sector.

Recognizing the fragility of the general public performing arts service, linked to inflation and the disengagement of sure native authorities, and judging “very legitimate” the issues of pros, the ministry guarantees that “not a single euro will be taken from the credits of regional performing arts networks and labels”. The 28 million financial savings will concern operators deemed to be probably the most stable, particularly the Paris Opera and the Comédie-Française. As for the “better produce, better broadcast” plan, it must be totally preserved.

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On the heritage facet, the precautionary reserve would even be used to the utmost. For the second, no exact determine has been supplied on the remaining quantity of credit score cancellations. For this sector, the method must be “homothetic”. Understand: every operator will contribute in proportion to its place within the funds. Some presidents of public institutions must modify their money stream. The largest of them will see their subsidies decreased by round three million euros every. Contacted by the Worldneither the Louvre nor the Musée d'Orsay have but acquired unfavorable alerts.

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