Iaurent Wauquiez (LR), president of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, announced, in the Sunday newspaper (JDD) of May 27, and repeated afterwards, that he was engaging in a “fight against a two-speed culture”. More specifically, a fight against inequalities of access to culture between the inhabitants of metropolitan areas and those of rural areas.
Would then stand in his way, the guardians of the cultural inter-self, who would only seek to protect their personal interests, because they are, according to him, the exclusive beneficiaries of a public subsidy, distributed, among others, by a functioning ministry of culture “like an ATM”.
This is how the great fictional tale of a cultural crusade begins. But this story struggles to convince, as it is based on small arrangements with reality. Because, to begin with, this fight, which he seeks to appropriate by these declarations, is not strictly speaking his. It was already, before him, that of all the people who work, on a daily basis, to bring culture to life as close as possible to the inhabitants.
A degrading image of all public service workers
And it is these people, the artists, the companies, the cultural places, which benefit among other things from the support of the Ministry of Culture, which he describes in a misleading way as rentiers and which he thus designates as obstacles. To say that in the press is to convey to public opinion a degrading image of all workers in a public service.
It is to throw opprobrium and discredit on the functioning of these institutions. And it is totally unwelcome on the part of the president of a political institution, who should on the contrary work to reinforce their symbolic value. Especially since Laurent Wauquiez does not break any taboo when he questions the redistribution of means between the capital, the metropolises and the less culturally endowed territories.
Without going into details, it is even with this intention that, after the Second World War, our country began to invest in a decentralized cultural policy, building year after year new cultural facilities in the regions, to promote access for all to art and culture.
Not a simple logic of redistribution of existing resources
There is broad consensus within the profession and even within the ministry on the permanent search for improving the territorial network. It is enough to remember that Minister Françoise Nyssen had made it a central subject with her “Culture near you” plan and that the current Minister of Culture, Rima Abdul Malak, is also continuing this action.
You have 57.58% of this article left to read. The following is for subscribers only.