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Hollande promotes rising star as France’s new culture minister

Fleur Pellerin must fight for culture budget in time of austerity

Fleur Pellerin, an Hollande loyalist, has benefitted from his cabinet reshuffle, copyright Reuters

The French President, François Hollande, yesterday, 26 August, named Fleur Pellerin as the new minister of culture in France’s reshuffled cabinet. She succeeds Aurélie Filippetti, who published an open letter of resignation in the newspaper Le Monde on Monday after a dramatic split in the French cabinet that emerged this weekend. Pellerin was the minister of foreign trade and tourism in the first government under Prime Minister Manuel Valls from April this year.

A rising political star, Pellerin previously served as the delegate for small and medium enterprises, innovation and the digital economy at the finance ministry. She worked on the Socialist campaigns at the presidential elections in 2002 and 2007 before becoming Hollande’s digital adviser after his election victory in 2012.

Another young politician (in her early 40s, she is of similar age to Filippetti), the Korean-born Pellerin differs from her predecessor in her vocal support for technological growth. Last December, Pellerin attended the launch of Google’s Cultural Institute in Paris, which was snubbed by Filippetti in disagreements over data protection.

Pellerin inherits the immediate task of finalising the 2015 culture budget according to Hollande’s renewed austerity programme. (Filippetti cited two consecutive years of cuts in her resignation letter.) While a newcomer to the culture ministry, she has a strong background in economic strategy, having begun her career at France’s national auditor.

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28 Aug 14
15:23 CET


Once again, a minister of culture with no background, experience or qualifications in culture. Chosen by a President with no interest in culture. Hélas !

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