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French mission to boost design industry

Government outlines ten-point plan to raise the profile of the modern design sector

The French government has launched a campaign to raise the profile of the modern and contemporary design sector across the country. Alain Cadix, the official responsible for the Mission Design initiative, has launched a ten-point plan which proposes creating special design units in universities called “Roger Tallon hubs”, after the late French designer who designed the interior for the TGV Atlantique high-speed train.

Another suggestion is the creation of a state-backed design foundation, funded jointly by the private and public sectors, which would implement a “national design policy”. According to our sister paper Le Journal des Arts, the Industry minister Arnaud Montebourg also announced tax breaks of 20% for medium-sized companies that spend up to €400,000 on design-related items.

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