Death of Frédéric Mitterrand, former Minister of Culture, on the age of 76 | EUROtoday

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Ihe had managed to make a primary identify for himself. In a household with an amazing surname. Frédéric Mitterrand, who died on the age of 76, was in flip a journalist, novelist, TV and radio host, director, producer, screenwriter, instructor, writer, director of the Villa Medici in Rome, then Minister of Culture and Communication. The full and profitable journey of a lover of the humanities and artists, of a person of tradition who defended his tastes.

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You have to have a look at his Madam Butterfly filmed with absolute respect for Puccini's opera. We should see The thunderstruck Eagles, a sequence of seven documentaries on European dynasties deposed in the beginning of the twentieth centurye century. You should learn The Bad Life, an autobiographical and bitter story of a person with a chaotic love life. We should rewatch his broadcasts devoted to the seventh artwork, to this cinema of untouchable stars, timeless stars that he surveyed like a priest surveys his vestry. Mitterrand didn’t take himself severely, however he took every thing he did severely. His dialog confirmed his discreet information. He wasn't making an attempt to dazzle, however he knew the facility of phrases. He hated those that confirmed off their little veneer. He flushed them out in just a few sentences and confronted them with their vacancy. Loved by freedom, he had a tough tooth and knew methods to make the most of the authority that his oral ease gave him.

READ ALSO Nicolas Sarkozy salutes Frédéric Mitterrand’s “love for art and culture”Minister, he had toyed with the thought. Sitting within the chair of Malraux, Michelet or Duhamel was not one thing you may refuse. He didn’t suppose lengthy earlier than accepting Nicolas Sarkozy's proposal. It was not the happiest time of his life. The courtiers, the gilding, the executive brakes, the shortage of cash, the all the time contested appointments, the usually distorted legal guidelines, the greed of sure voracious individuals for subsidies, digital expertise which turns into a nagging topic…, deep down, he hated all of this.

Almost document longevity on the Ministry of Culture

From its passage on Rue de Valois, the Hadopi 2 regulation stays, selling the dissemination and safety of creation on the Internet. The minister additionally initiated a timid coverage of returning works not all the time nicely acquired to the international locations from which they got here. No main reforms, actually, however sincere administration, as a connoisseur of a portfolio the place it’s simple to be mocked, caricatured and criticized – an argument broke out upon his appointment, orchestrated by the FN, over his e book The Bad Life, launched 4 years in the past. He prevented the crises and psychodramas that artists prefer to set off when energy is on the correct. Which shouldn’t be a meager document.

Leaving his place with out remorse, Frédéric Mitterrand adopted this declaration in May 1973 from Maurice Druon, considered one of his prestigious predecessors. “People who come to the door of this ministry with a bowl in a single hand and a Molotov cocktail within the different should select. » The a long time had handed, however not the habits… Casually, Mitterrand remained on this place for nearly three years, from June 23, 2009 to May 16, 2012: a document since Jack Lang!

Fredo or Minister? Media building or author? Bourgeois or acrobat? Man of the correct or pillar of the left? Nephew or father? Serious or humorous? Parisian or Hammametois?

One of his regrets was not being elected to the French Academy. Candidate twice (2016 and 2018), he had his place as a lot as many immortals. All the justifications have been good: A Mitterrand amongst us, no! » ; “Qhen you’ve been Minister of Culture, you don't apply to the Academy » ; “ Remind me of his literary work “. He circumvented the impediment by efficiently presenting himself to the Academy of Fine Arts the place he was elected in February 2020 to the chair of Jeanne Moreau, an actress whom he dropped at the head. Reactions that sum up the persona of this jack-of-all-trades who is rarely actually in his place. Fredo or Minister? Media building or author? Bourgeois or acrobat? Man of the correct or pillar of the left? Nephew or father? Serious or humorous? Parisian or Hammametois? Frédéric Mitterrand was a prisoner of this kaleidoscope of identification for a very long time. It was its power and its singularity, but in addition its ambiguity and a part of its uneasiness. At the time of his disparition, we guess that such a wealthy, advanced and colourful character can be missed. The grayness has simply scored just a few extra factors.

In considered one of his final works, A humorous warfare, printed in 2020, it recounted the combat led by his brother Jean-Gabriel Mitterrand towards Covid. Plunged right into a coma, he got here near dying, however he returned from the banks of the Styx. Frédéric, though seven years his junior, made the good journey.