French minister of culture and communications Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres addressed the cabinet regarding the cultural equality of French citizens. In his speech, the minister stated that “thanks to France’s commitment, cultural diversity has become a pillar of our cultural policy, as well as a new and universally recognized principle of international law with the coming into effect of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions on March 18.”
Donnedieu de Vabres also declared, “The cultural equality of French citizens is the other principle with which we will recast our cultural policy, in response to the new wishes of all French citizens—that culture no longer be a divisive, partisan issue in public debate. This is the objective of policies created to ensure the cultural equality of French citizens by opening heritage sites to the public, developing our cultural assets, and ensuring strong cooperation between ministries.”
To read the full text of the speech, visit the French Ministry of Culture and Communications website by clicking here.