Jean de Boishue Appointed President of the "Acceptance in Lieu" Commission

Martin Fréminet (1567-1619)
The Charity of Saint Martin
Acquired by acceptance in lieu in 2008
Oil on Canvas - 345 x 235 cm
Paris, Musée du Louvre
Photo : D. Rykner

1/3/12 - Appointment - Acceptance in lieu Commission - The Commission interministérielle d’agrément pour la conservation du patrimoine artistique national, better known as the "Acceptance in lieu Commission", holds an important role : it submits its proposals to the French Minister of the Budget to accept or refuse offers by taxpayers wishing to pay their taxes (on estate settlements or wealth tax) in the form of art works.

This agency was headed since 1988 by Jean-Pierre Changeux. He is an eminently respected scholar as well as an excellent art historian, notably of the 17th century, also a collector of old masters, donor to museums...
His successor, appointed barely two months before the French presidential elections was - according to his Wikipedia entry (which we doublechecked) - "government secretary in charge of higher education, deputy of the third district in the Essonne, regional councillor of the Ile-de-France region, regional councillor of the canton of Brétigny-sur-Orge and mayor of Brétigny-sur-Orge". He was a member of the rightist RPR party and was appointed to head a mission under the Prime Minister François Fillon in May 2007, a position he still holds today.

In summing up, even if Mr. de Boishue told us he has always been interested in cultural questions (notably, as mayor, the person behind the Centre d’art contemporain in Brétigny-sur-Orge or for a long period while at the National Assembly, head of the Culture budget commission), there is nothing in his career that truly qualifies him in any way for the role of President of the Acceptance in lieu Commission. The position is of course of volunteer status, but implies many perks tied to the office. Furthermore, at the age of sixty-eight, Jean de Boishue can legally retire. This loyal government servant amply deserved a small reward [1], two months before the elections endangering his current post. Mission accomplished.

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Didier Rykner, vendredi 2 mars 2012


[1] We also point out that the appointment of Clémentine Gustin-Gomez, who represented the French Ministry of Finances, has not been renewed.

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