Dear Ministers, Ladies and Gentlemen, Members of Parliament, Mr Mayor of Blois, Mr Prefect, Mr President of François Rabelais University, Mr President General of CIC West, Madam President of the Salon du Livre,Dear Francis Chevrier,Ladies and Gentlemen,

In a recent book, Jean-François Sirinelli lamented the loss
influence and influence of French historians in the landscape
international. Successful initiatives, open to the world, such as the
Rendez-vous de l'Histoire de Blois or the
Pessac demonstrates the vitality and richness of the historiographic debate
in our country, the richness of a writing that today feeds on
dialogue with other social sciences, the influence of
new gender studies. The story is not about
one, it is plural. The furrow dug by the Annals School, by Lucien
Febvre, remains profound, but since then new questions have
which have made it possible to question sensitive cultures, the life of
unknown characters – like Alain’s François-René Pinagot
Corbin, the symbolism and colors, the history of gender and
«social constructions», cinema as «agent of history» of the 20th century
century (Marc Ferro) or the archaeology of conflict zones of the
First World War.

History publishing, like the whole sector, is going through,
as you know, a period of contrasts. However, large
have made historical productions their flagship: I think
Fayard, Le Seuil, Perrin, Flammarion, Taillandier and
so many others. The 250 exhibitors present at the History Book Fair, that
I had the pleasure of visiting last year, testify to this vitality. This
through the publishing of scholarly, research, and
biographies, it also means the presence of history in the
literature, in fiction, to which the Prix du roman historique does justice
through the sponsorship of the Industrial and Commercial Credit (CIC West).

The quality of the authors in competition, the diversity of their writing, of
their universes reveal fully how the past informs the present,
how the common heritage left by the centuries nourishes creation
as much as it makes our imaginations vibrate, that part of ourselves where
the intimate joins the great collective adventure, where the individual merges in
the epic, that of a Max Aue in Jonathan Littell’s Benevolent,
that of a Salagnon Victorian in Alexis' French War Art
Jenni, a well-known literary novel from the fall without forgetting the Ian Karski
on stage by Arthur Nauzyciel at the last Avignon festival.

The Rendez-vous de l'Histoire, chaired by Pierre Nora and
wise management of Francis Chevrier, pay tribute to this plurality and
to this vitality. By choosing the theme of the Orient, history confronts
the burning topicality of the Arab revolutions, the dazzling
by so many images, featured in the film cycle
coordinated by Rithy Panh. An extraordinary abundance of images is
filmed by the greatest directors from the Middle East to Asia
Oriental: looks at this horizon both near and far, looks at
ourselves too, on our orientalisms which will have determined our
relationship to the otherness of these «complicated» Orients, with
Jean Renoir.

Allow me to reflect for a moment on the Maison de
the history of France which the President of the Republic entrusted to me
implementation. On June 16, 2015, five months after the installation of the
scientific orientation of the Maison de l'histoire de France chaired by
Jean-Pierre Rioux, I received the preliminary project for the Maison de l'Histoire de
France, progress document presenting its recommendations concerning this
major cultural project. Fruit of its work, its plenary meetings
working groups that have been set up, exchanges with
of the Committee and its visits and consultations - which I know
have been numerous - this report offers a path, which I believe soothed, of
what the Maison de l'Histoire de France will be tomorrow.

It is the work of historians and cultural personalities from different backgrounds
very different scientific, cultural and epistemological. He carries in him
a requirement of rigour and pluralism at the service of an idea for our
time: that of a place where the questions of the present, the
paths of the future and work on the past. In accordance with
I had hoped, this Committee was well, under the vigilant conduct of its
President, Jean-Pierre Rioux and its rapporteur, Dean Dominique
Borne a body of reflection, elaboration and work in order to bring to
the association of prefiguration in charge of the implementation of this project
expertise in all fields and disciplines of history,
from archaeology to the history of the present, from the social sciences to
post-colonial studies.

During the many interviews and working sessions held, the
Committee recognized the importance of an open network on issues
heritage, memories and the diversity of lived stories; it
measured the need for a story that articulates the global approach and
local perception, which is not folded into an essentialist narrative and
unifying, able to take into account the richness of our writings
historical: the contribution of the school of Annales, Michel’s questions
of Certeau in The Invention of Everyday Life or, more recently,
those in the history of the genre.

The presentation of this report gives consistency to the project. It translates
fully the spirit in which the President of the Republic entrusted me
this mission: the opening to a history thought and built by the
historians and producers of history; the will to build a project
in line with the expectations of the public but also
with the needs of the scholarly community.

This is certainly an important step in this project which I know has
fueled the controversy and heated the spirits, sometimes even to excess. This
document is available on the Ministry of Culture and
Communication and on the site of the Maison de l'histoire de France; it has by
addressed to nearly 1000 personalities, historians and
historians, teachers' associations, museum curators, actors
cultural of the territories, it is today the subject of debates and meetings
in regions, like the one that took place this afternoon in Blois.

I made a strong commitment, as you know, and I granted all my
confidence in this Committee in the conduct of its work. It fully
fulfilled its mission, as I then defined it, to be
consulted and commented on all aspects of the project:
The creation of a digital project;
The establishment of a network of museums and places of history and memory;
Temporary exhibitions and other events;
A modular time gallery;
International exchanges and relations with history museums in
Europe and the world;
Relations with the educational world and with research organisations,
in all their diversity;
Public policies, finally.

On none of these subjects, the Committee has been restrained. On none of these
construction sites, its field of investigation and its sovereign reflection
limited. He worked independently and with good intelligence. The
report that you will have in your hands, and that is only one step in
the progress of the project, fully testifies to this.
In the spirit of its creation and with renewed trust,
I know that I can count on the members of this Committee to
the future and continue the work he has undertaken. By the end of the year, the
Scientific Steering Committee will continue to meet and clarify the
project presented to you today, taking into account the opinions,
observations, proposals that will be made to it.

In particular, it will continue the project of prefiguration exhibition for the end
2012, including Pascal Ory and Martine Segalen, whom I want to
have agreed to insure the Office of the Commissioner. The Office will
France has six themes that seem to embody its singularity and its
trace in the long term: the relationship to space, the history of the
of the peoples of France, the relationship to power, to
languages, religion, human rights, always with the
points of comparison with other forms of national construction
in Europe, or even outside Europe. These sequences, as they were
the desire to gather and federate the various
currents of historical reflection and epistemological traditions:
Annals to the microstoria, social sciences to the social approach of the
from the history of gender to post-colonial studies, she neither hears nor
exclude, nor prioritize, but present all facets of a France that
is today a “world country”.

Now equipped with a preliminary project, the Maison de l'histoire de France can
advance. As of January 1, 2012, the Maison de
the history of France will become the pilot and network head of this project.
I insist on this point: this House wants to aggregate, federate, bring together
all energies, all initiatives, those of learned societies,
that of associations promoting places of memory, that of
local communities, professionals of history. I believe in the idea
a digital space dedicated to history, its factory, construction
from his speech, to his audiovisual materials, which are so important in the
of teachers today.

In accordance with what I have said and recalled on several occasions, the
House of the history of France will be installed in the quadrilateral of
Rohan-Soubise, alongside the National Archives and not against
National Archives. I have engaged a great policy for archives
in our country: the building of Massimiliano Fuksas in Pierrefitte – for
which the State has invested nearly 200 million euros – will offer 66,000 m2
collections and collections after 1790. Today the
Rohan Soubise quadrilateral offers only 44,000 m2. The funds
of Ancien Régime and the minutier of notaries will remain in the Marais; this
which is a jewel of our heritage, will be restored and renovated,
its gardens are now accessible and appreciated by visitors and
inhabitants of the Marais. Who can doubt that an ambitious project serving
history and its transmission do not resonate and echo the
scientific, cultural and educational project of the National Archives
I attach the highest price? I will soon repeat it to the curators
and the staff of the Archives in Paris and the region.