Culture and Politics in France

Friday 12 May 2017

The new President-elect Macron, running for the centrist party En Marche! (on the move) that he founded last year, has declared his intention to maintain the cultural budget in exchange for greater efficiency. He wants all schoolchildren to have access to cultural and artistic education, and has proposed a €500 annual “culture pass” for young people. A staunch pro-European, Macron wants to launch an “Erasmus” (the EU’s student exchange programme) for cultural professionals, including artists and curators. He is also looking to create an endowment for the renovation and upkeep of heritage properties, as well as a €200m fund to support cultural and creative industries in France.