The Threats to Patronage Funding Apparently Removed according to Le Canard Enchainé

Aurélie Filippetti
French Minister of Culture
Photo : Korben, Wikimedia Commons

27/6/12 - Patronage - France - In the column, La Mare aux Canards in Le Canard Enchainé dated 26 June 2012, readers were told that the reform planned by the French Ministry of Economy to cut tax deductions for patronage funding (see here) has apparently "failed".
According to this very short news item, the Prime Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, holds Aurélie Filippetti, French Minister of Culture, responsible for this failure (for him, but not for heritage and museums). "By expressing her hostility to this measure in the media, [she] put the world of "cultureux" and the humanitarians on her side." In fact, the latter reacted swiftly before the minister stepped in to voice her opposition in the newspaper Libération, by launching notably a petition via ADMICAL. We find it important to point out that the Culture Minister, who apparently has drawn the wrath, according to Le Canard Enchainé, of the Prime Minister, showed great political determination in this affair, something we were no longer used to seeing in this office.

We hope that this satirical journal, usually well informed, is right in asserting that the planned reform has failed. More to the point, Jean-Marc Ayrault’s reaction shows that this attempted threat to heritage and museums came from the highest levels of the government and that we should continue to be on our guard in the future.

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Didier Rykner, jeudi 28 juin 2012

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