Honourable Senator, Presidents, Ladies and Gentlemen

It is a joy for me to welcome you tonight in the salons of the
 Ministry of Culture and Communication. I wanted in you
 inviting to enter the “Circle of Cultural Patrons”, to
 tribute to your commitment and generosity, which accompany
 the action carried out for more than fifty years by my ministry in favor of
 the enrichment and safeguarding of heritage, the creation of
The European Union’s Charter of Fundamental Rights.

France, as you know, has been slow to adopt legislation that is truly
 corporate philanthropy incentives. Our centralizing and
 tax policy largely explain this. For
 In summary, it can be said that civil society, business and individuals, have
 long considered that the payment of the tax relieved it to support
 cases for which the Crown was responsible and funded

It was therefore up to the State to promote the development of patronage by renouncing
 the monopoly. The law of 1 August 2003 on patronage,
 associations and foundations and its successive advances have thus
 marked a turning point, giving the role you play in defense
 of the great causes of general interest the full recognition that it was
 due - in terms of culture, of course, but also solidarity,
 education, environment and research.
 This law, unanimously recognized today among the most successful
 has allowed a remarkable rise in patronage over the past nine
 years. Today, we must protect this law to
 avoid assimilating the incentives it proposes,
 as some would like, to “tax niches” while their
 application allows many associations, foundations and organizations
 to carry out their action in favour of the common good. As you
 know, one amendment that raised a lot of legitimate concerns was
 withdrawn yesterday, as a result of the mobilization of sponsors and
 and government philanthropy, in particular mine, and
 that of Roselyne Bachelot for the social component of corporate philanthropy:
 we were able to preserve the provisions of the act so that
 are not included in the tax niche restrictions. It
 is necessary, however, that we remain very vigilant against
 possible new challenges, and you can count on
 fully on me on this point.
 Today, nearly 22,000 businesses are using the
of the legislation.

Nearly 500 of them have set up foundations or participate in the
 foundations. Let us remember that before 2003, the number of
 of corporate philanthropy was less than 2,000. So we can
measure the progress made.

The creation of endowment funds that are today more than 900, of which more
 of 60% created by private individuals, attests to a real
 individual philanthropy. Almost a quarter of these funds are dedicated to
 cultural and heritage causes. This is a recent phenomenon
 the success of the calls for subscription multiplied by
 the Heritage Foundation across the country, or
 the «Tous mécènes» operation launched at the end of 2010 by the Louvre Museum to
 the acquisition of the “Three Graces” of Lucas Cranach the Elder, which, in
 will have raised more than one million donations from private individuals.
 We are witnessing the emergence of a popular patronage that shows the attraction
 to a wide audience, in a difficult context, by
our cultural life.

In this climate of economic difficulties, private action
 more than ever before, it seems to me that this is a very important issue. It is
 the attractiveness of our territories, whose cultural life is a factor
 essential; it is just as much our social cohesion. The struggle against all
 forms of exclusion, for integration, for the recognition of the
 diversity necessarily requires a renewed commitment to
 cultural democratization. This is an ambition and a responsibility
 now divided between the private sphere and public authorities. The
 large companies, through their foundations, perform a job
 in neighbourhoods, hospitals, schools and prisons in
 supporting hundreds of public organizations and associations that
 daily - usually anonymously - to create or recreate
 social link, by promoting access to culture and creation for all. With
 young people in particular, they are thus helping to shape the future
 our festivals and museums, and to bring new players to the

The task is exciting, but it requires the help of all. With
 the support of some leaders convinced of the usefulness of culture in the
 building a fairer society, so I launched the idea of a fund of
 endowment, a unique national organization whose mission will be to
 the competences of the private and the public on these questions of democratization,
 and provide support and visibility to stakeholders, especially associations, the most
 and the most innovative. Some of you know this
 and have already signed up to it. I invite you all tonight to bring your
 support: your ability to mobilize is all the more important as we
 must best preserve this commitment in the face of economic and
social issues that we are going through.

The Grand Patron or Grand Donor Medal designed at my request
 by the artist Philippe Favier and directed by the workshops of Sèvres-Cité de la
 Ceramics. In presenting it to you, I would like to acknowledge
 the State towards the exceptional partners you have become for this

There are many of you tonight: my tributes, you will forgive me, will be

I’ll start with Serge Dassault.
Dear Serge and Nicole Dassault,

It is both your very great personal generosity, but also
 I want to pay tribute to your industry group. We do not
 count more the projects you support, and, I must
 highlight, with a discretion that honors you especially, in
 areas such as medical research and health, social inclusion
 youth, and of course culture and heritage. So you have, in
 your city of Corbeil, personally funded the restoration of two
 churches and helped build a mosque, and you create a fund there
 grants to young people to enable them
 to achieve their professional objectives, including in the cultural field.
 In favor of different works, you organize for several years
 charity galas that benefit among others the SOS Talents Foundation,
 created in 2000 by the composer and concertist Michel Soigny, with the aim of
 to support young people gifted for the study of the piano. I also follow you
 especially grateful to have answered the call of the Centre for
 national monuments by agreeing to engage your Group in the
 rehabilitation, Paris, of the Arc de Triomphe. I am also with your
 family and loved ones – and I want to pay tribute here to your
 Brother Claude Dassault, recently deceased – of your contributions
 important to the funding of the first Art History Festival that I have
 organized at the Fontainebleau Castle last May, and which
was very successful.

Dear Serge and Nicole Dassault, it is a great pleasure for me to
Award you the Grand Patron and Grand Donor of Culture Medal.

I now invite Mr and Mrs Philippe Journo to join me.
Dear Philippe and Karine Journo,

You are role models of what we now call “philentrepreneurs”.
 » on projects that are particularly important to you,
 you do not hesitate to commit both the finances of your company, the
 Company of Phalsburg, investment center in commercial real estate,
 and your personal means. We know what you owe, since 2006,
 restoration of the facades of the National School of Fine Arts and
 of the Grand Chimay hotel on the Quai Malaquais. Next year, this
 will be renewed to highlight the building, but I am
 said that you have recently become closer to the Centre for
 national monuments to offer - as you often take the initiative
 - highlighting the spire of the Sainte-Chapelle that you see in the
 windows of your apartment. You are also patrons of the Opera of
 Paris and its educational program «10 months of school at the Opera», which
 obviously placed you at the forefront to join my fund project
 cultural democratization, which have agreed to host
 the animation team in your premises of the Ségur hotel, place Vendôme.
 It is in these magnificent spaces that we discover another
 of your commitment to culture, to the
through a remarkable collection of contemporary art.

We owe you so much, dear Philippe and Karine Journo, and it is
 great joy for me to present to you tonight the Grand Medal
Patron and Grand Donor of Culture.

I now call on Jean-Pierre Letartre, President of Ernst &
Young France.

I am particularly pleased to welcome you this evening because the commitment
 your company’s corporate philanthropy is equal to the importance it
 in the world of international auditing. This action has a
 beautiful motto: “to restore man’s place in the world of work”.
 Your cultural ambition is both to support creation and
 to offer all audiences the opportunity to discover heritage and creation
 and exchange with those who make the wealth of it. In financial sponsorship or in
 skills sponsorship, a form of action that you often prefer,
 you work with major institutions such as the Paris Opera
 you are the main partner since the 2002-2003 season. But you
 you are also involved in the Louvre Museum, the RMN Grand
 Palace, Versailles Baroque Music Centre, National Theatre of
 Chaillot, Centre Pompidou, Marseille Provence 2013 and Forum
 Avignon, among others. I am also very sensitive to the action
 your company foundation to support manual, technical and
 support employment and business creation, and
 a new look at innovative hand-made expertise, and
 foster creativity. The scope of your commitment is very broad;
 In particular, it is in line with my Ministry’s action in favour of the trades

It is with great pleasure, dear Jean-Pierre Letartre, that I present this
for Ernst & Young France the medal of Grand Patron of Culture.

I now invite Madame Michèle Guyot-Roze,
President of the Hippocrene Foundation.

Dear Michèle Guyot-Roze,
 You preside over a very beautiful work, a family foundation, recognized
 public utility, created in 1992 by your parents, Jean and Mona Guyot.
 Convinced European, your father had given him the main mission of
 strengthening cohesion between young Europeans, by supporting
 for "Living Europe". Hippocrene, I remind you, is a source
 located on Mount Helicon, Greece, near Thespies; in the
 ancient mythology, it is the source of the Muses. Culture is actually a
 privileged territory of your action, since you support many
 cultural projects – meetings, festivals, music, theatre, contemporary art –
 which have in common Europe and Youth: the concerts Éveil de
 the Orchestre Colonne, the Greater Europe Film Festival, the
 company Image Aiguë founded by Viviane Véricel, and you welcome to
 Mallet-Stevens Street, since 2002, art exhibitions
 the concerts and debates of the «Propos d'Europe» programme
 launched at your initiative. In 2010, finally, you created the Hippocrene
 education in Europe, presented in partnership with the Paris Academy. I
 will also highlight that the Hippocrene Foundation, now the foundation
 «sheltering» in 2009, houses the French branch of the Belgian foundation Evens
whose mission is complementary to his.

For this very rich action that makes culture an essential issue of the project
 I am pleased to present you, dear Michèle Guyot-Roze, for
your Foundation, the Medal of Great Patron of Culture.

I now call on Patrick de Cambourg, President of the Group

Dear Patrick of Cambourg,
 Because we think that a company is not just a number
 business, but that it is also, and perhaps most importantly, business
 of people and values, we have engaged in operations
 corporate philanthropy that resembles us and allows our employees to
 gather and share human adventures and cultural discoveries”:
 this is your definition of corporate philanthropy. And indeed, Mazars,
 international audit group, provides its growing support to several
 causes in France: education and solidarity, debates of ideas, culture and
 heritage. Allow me to recall here that you have between
 others participated in the acquisition of two great masterpieces, recognized
 national treasures, «The Flight to Egypt» of Poussin, for the museum of
 Beaux-Arts de Lyon - of which you have since become a member of the
 endowment fund -, and the “Portrait of Count Molé” by Ingres, for the museum
 of the Louvre. You also funded scholarships for young people
 researchers in the framework of the «Vocations Patrimoine» programme led by
 UNESCO. You have joined the Club des partenaires de la Saison France-
 Turkey then the Season France-Russia, and you support since 2009 the
 Cité de la Réussite, this event that brings together, in front of a very many
 economic leaders, philosophers, academics and artists. Your
 action, also very present in the fields of education and
 solidarity, makes you an indispensable interlocutor of my ministry for
the revitalization of cultural democratization.

It is a great pleasure for me to present you tonight, dear
 Patrick de Cambourg, for your Group, the distinction of Grand Patron
of Culture.

I now invite Jean-Luc Petithuguenin, President of the
Paprec Group.

Dear Jean-Luc Petithuguenin,
 In 1994 you took over a small business in La Courneuve, Paprec,
 has since become a major player in the recycling and
 services to the environment. You are a great lover of opera and ballet,
 I know, and that’s what led you to hire your company to
 Paris Opera. Since 2000, Paprec has been supporting the Paris Opera
 through its commitment to the AROP. In 2007, you chose
 to go further and become a patron of the Ballet: you have thus contributed to the
 Financing of "The Poorly Guarded Girl" by Frederick Ashton, with the stars
 Nicolas Le Riche & Dorothée Gilbert, then in 2009, you financed the
 production of Donizetti’s opera, "L'Elixir d'Amour". In 2010, finally, you are
 for at least three years, the principal patron of the National
 Paris Opera. The culmination of this collaboration took place in
 December 2010 with the patronage of the Rite of Spring of Pina Bausch.
 In this context you organize evenings for your customers and
 staff of up to 2,000 people. Your wish, that I
 particularly welcomes, is to make discover the universe of the Opera at most
large number.

Your warehouses, I am told, look like, with their thousands of bundles
 to contemporary art installations. Since its
 Paprec sponsors an artist each year – painter, sculptor or
 photographer, renowned or unknown - letting him freely express his vision
 recycling: this gives strong creations, sometimes unexpected, always
 beautiful, signed by designers as varied as Christine Vannier, Joan
Blondeel, Philippe Lasry Romain Bernini or Pierre Sabatier.

I would like to thank you, Dear Jean-Luc PETITHUGUENIN, for these
 exemplary commitments, and I am very pleased to present you with
for your Group the distinction of Grand Patron of Culture.

Finally, I call on Mr Bertrand du Vignaud, President of the World
Monuments Fund Europe.

Dear Bertrand of the VIGNAUD,
 Founded in 1965, the World Monuments Fund is a private purpose organization
 not-for-profit that works for the worldwide protection of monuments
 It provides financial, legal and technical
 conservation, protection, training, research and
 public awareness of built heritage. There are more than
 from the Valley of the Kings in Egypt to the Great
 Wall of China, and the sites it helped to save, in over 90
 countries, through partnerships with local communities, the
sponsors and governments.

Our country owes much to this organization of which you presided
 the French division from 1996 and of which you are the president for
 Europe since 2003. I am thinking of the restoration of the wonderful Theatre of
 the Queen at the Petit Trianon, the frescoes of the Primatice at the Royal Abbey
 of Chaalis, or of the lounges of the Talleyrand hotel, where you have
 your seat, and the Arsenal Music Room. Since 1991, you
 intervene on the portal and cloister of the Saint-Trophime Church in Arles, and
 since 2011 on the inside of the choir of the Cathedral of Albi. We owe you
 also the rescue of the interior decors of the Voyer hotel
 of Argenson, the famous Orléans Chancellery destroyed in 1923, which will be
 resettled in 2014, as we announced together in July
 on the ground floor of the Hotel de Rohan in the Marais. I’ll give you
am especially grateful.

It is therefore a great satisfaction for me, dear Bertrand du
 Vignaud, to present to you today the distinction of Grand Patron of
Culture for World Monuments Fund Europe.