Aurélie Filippetti is no longer France's Culture Minister

 Paris  |  25 August 2014  |  AMA  |  Tweet  |  LinkedIn

The French Minister of Culture and Communication, Aurélie Filippetti, will not form part of the next government, the members of which are to be announced 26 August.

Following the cabinet reshuffle of the French government due to fundamental disagreements between the elected members and ministers of the Socialist Party, Aurélie Filippetti wrote to the President and to Manuel Valls to explain that she would not “apply for a new ministerial position” and would prefer to “stay loyal to her ideals” over “the duty of solidarity.”

Having taken up the post in 2012 with the election of François Hollande, the minister’s tenure has been somewhat polemical due to a number of controversial decisions, including the rash dismissal of Anne Baldassari from the Musée Picasso last May. Filippetti had also refused to assist with the inauguration of the Institut Culturel Google in Paris, additionally forbidding National Museums to include their collections in the Google Art database.

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