Jean-François Hébert, another Enarque as head of Fontainebleau

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30/9/09 – Future appointment – Fontainebleau, Etablissement public du château de Fontainebleau – The news will not surprise readers of The Art Tribune as we had already announced it almost three months ago (see news item of 2/7/09) : Jean-François Hébert will take over Bernard Notari’s position as president of the château de Fontainebleau.

Not much is to be said about the qualifications of this new appointment : Jean-François Hébert, an Enarque (graduate of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration), will be replacing another Enarque, Bernard Notari. It is well known that the ENA has now become the ideal training ground for museum directors… There was no hope that a scholar would take over as head of this new public establishment.
The way this choice was made should, however, make us stop and think. Once again, Fontainebleau is used as a political tool and the manner in which the president is regularly removed to make room for another is not a very elegant one. We had hoped that Frédéric Mitterand would not persist in continuing the methods practiced by his predecessors. No doubt the new Fontainebleau president’s connections are too influential to ignore.

Didier Rykner, mercredi 30 septembre 2009

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