Ladies and gentlemen, Dear friends,

The presentation of Budget 2012 on Culture and
Communication that brings us together today is important
since this is the last budget before the deadlines
next year. This will be my opportunity to
present also a number of elements of the budget balance of
this five-year period in the service of culture.

In these times of economic crisis and
the culture budget was not used as an adjustment variable.

Many of our EU partners, including the
Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Greece, but also the Netherlands,
have made drastic cuts in this area of their spending
The French government, for its part, has made a choice
that looks to a future where culture has its place in the
France, as a factor of social link, economic dynamism,
enhanced attractiveness of our territories.

This commitment is reflected again in the 2012 budget that I have
today the pleasure to introduce you and will be discussed soon
in Parliament. In 2012, we aim for the Ministry of Culture and
Communication a total budget of EUR 7.4 billion, or
0.9% increase compared to 2011.

This envelope is divided as follows:
- the appropriations for the Culture mission, excluding personnel expenditure, amount to
2.09 billion, a €2.9% increase;
- appropriations for personnel expenditure amounted to €644 million,
up 1.6%;
- cultural research credits amount to €124 million;
- Appropriations for books, cultural industries and the media are
stable, at €4.6 billion, without taking into account the exceptional effort in favour of
the transition to all-digital television.

To these overall figures, I would also like to add two important points:
we have ensured that the resources deconcentrated, entrusted to our
Regional Cultural Affairs Directorates should be consolidated, to the extent
of €814 million, an increase of 0.6%; we also
paid particular attention to the overseas territories, with credits to the tune of
for 2012. In this way, we are consolidating a
strong territorial ambition for my ministry, because the partnership with
local and regional authorities is an essential element of our policy

The budget for culture and communication for 2012 thus completes
State commitment to culture and communication
since 2007, which has resulted in:
- an increase in loans of €1.23 billion between 2007 and 2012;
- a cumulative effort of €4.57 billion over the period

In addition, 750 M of appropriations earmarked for investments
future in the field of the digitisation of cultural content.

This is a massive commitment for Culture and Communication
from our government.

I - Heritage development: a confirmed effort, with attention
regional focus

With €871 million for 2012, the State is committed to continue the development of
our heritage, in the continuity of a massive budgetary effort that was
continued throughout the five-year period.

In five years, of all the major projects, the ones that we had yet to complete,
that we have launched, we have delivered on our commitments.
I would like to mention in particular the City of Architecture and
heritage at the Palais de Chaillot, which opened its doors in 2007, the Grand
Palace with the layout of its facades and the large nave which is
now able to present the remarkable events that
like FIAC and Monumenta.

I now come to the major projects I have supported, and for
which we continue a massive effort, first of all the new
National Archives Centre in Pierrefitte-sur-Seine. The year 2012 will be
completion of a project for which the State has committed to
EUR 195 million. Strengthening the collection missions
and ranking of the sites of Paris and Fontainebleau, with which he
network, the Centre des Archives de Pierrefitte will
provide the means to radically modernize the ambitions of the Archives
will propose a unified information system, the
dematerialisation of research instruments, and new tools for
digitization. To complete this project that will open to the public early
2013, the 2012 budget therefore provides for 22.1 million euros.

In the field of major projects, 2012 will also be
marked by the progress of the Maison de l'Histoire de France project
for which €30 million: €5 million for the operation of the Maison de
the history of France, €5 million for the Rohan-Soubise Quadrilateral renovation
which will host it and €20 million for the works to be carried out in the 8 museums
with service status under national jurisdiction. These museums will be
Effects associated, in a flexible but strategic way, with the House’s projects.

After the exhibition of sixteen exceptional reliefs in the nave of the
Grand Palais next January, a prefiguration exhibition – on
which the scientific committee works in connection with the academic community and
educational - will present the main orientations of the Maison d'Histoire de
2012 is also the last straight line for a dialogue tool
major intercultural that is also a great development project
for the second city of France: the Museum of
Europe and the Mediterranean (MuCEM), which will open its doors to
Spring 2013, when Marseille will be European Capital of Culture.

The year 2012 will therefore be the year of completion of the work, but also
the move of collections to form the new
institution that embodies the cultural ambitions of the
France as part of the Mediterranean Union project. 36.3 million
for a project for which the State will have
€188 million in total.

Enhancing our heritage is also a major challenge for
the attractiveness of our territories. It is in this spirit that I wanted
support funding for historic monuments. The government
It should be noted that the Commission’s
Building Canada’s Architectural Heritage for the 2009 Recovery Plan
and 2010, in which €79 million was invested in
emblematic projects throughout the French territory, since the
castle of Haut-Koenigsbourg in Alsace, the cathedral of Rouen, those
Arras and Beauvais, the Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne Abbey Church and the
cloister of the abbey of Ambronay.

In 2012, funding for Historic Monuments is consolidated
€376 million, slightly higher than 2011, with a
rebalancing between Paris and the regions. Indeed, more than two
new projects are launched in the regions. I
to reaffirm it before you, never before has a government
invested in its heritage. We believe that it is a strength for
France: it carries our values, it contributes to the attractiveness of our cities and
our villages, it is a major element of the image of our country.

The attractiveness of our territories is also our policy for museums
of France. Last October, I launched the regional museums plan, which
the ministry dedicates 70 million euros for the period 2011-2013: this
commitment that we will continue in 2012 ensures a participation
of the State by an average of 20% to investments in
museums in the region. 2012 will see the opening of several such sites,
as the Great War Museum in Meaux, the Cocteau Museum in
Chin or even the Alésia museum; others will be started,
as the extension of the Franco-American museum in Blérancourt, that of the
Crozatier Museum in Puy-en-Velay, among many other examples.

In general, I would like to stress that the appropriations
increased by 4.6%,
to reach €401 million in 2012, in which are included the project of the
Maison d'Histoire de France and the MuCEM.

This territorial ambition of our heritage policy can be found
also in the effort of the State for the renovation of our archives
which we can never say enough that they are also institutions
local culture. 35 million euros have been invested between 2007 and
2012 in this sense, for the renovation of the departmental archives of
North, in Bas-Rhin, Nièvre, Hérault, Meuse too, that
I’ll open in a few weeks, and soon from Guadeloupe.
I now come to another essential mission of action
heritage of my ministry: preventive archaeology. In this
field, the finding is shared: the fee must be reformed
preventive archaeology, to respond more effectively to the
preventive archaeology. I will do so, in conjunction with Valérie Pécresse
and Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, as part of the year-end collective. He
then it will be necessary to base the preventive archaeology fee on the tax
to ensure a suitable performance. The
ability to carry out these essential operations of our policy
and the reduction of response times. An effort
will also be carried out in support of study centres and
conservation in the regions in the 2012 budget. That is $10 million.
of commitments that are planned for 2012, i.e. a
one-third increase over 2011.

Within the general framework of these actions in favour of the attractiveness of our
territories, architecture, area of responsibility of the ministry, occupies
obviously a major place. In order to best accompany the
reforms of the sector and also to support the Greater Paris, project
on which we know the commitment of the President of the
Republic, my Ministry anticipates an increase of 8.4%
payment appropriations. This envelope will make it possible to
support the establishment of development areas for
architecture and heritage (AVAP), which will allow us to take
counts the development criteria in our wealth policy
for which the government has been so strongly committed since the
“Grenelle II”. Operational endowments for schools
architecture are also increasing, in order to
continue their integration into the French education landscape
greater. The financing of major real estate projects
give all the visibility they deserve, in Strasbourg, in Clermont-
Ferrand and Toulouse are also insured.

Heritage is also our linguistic heritage, for which the
General Delegation for the French Language and the Languages of France
to develop actions in favour of French, such as the
French Language Week which is an undeniable success on
the entire territory, to contribute to its enrichment and its
to promote the diversity of French languages,
in metropolitan regions as in the French Overseas Territories, like the States
Overseas multilingualism that will take place in Cayenne in
next December. In this area, the appropriations for heritage
will be strengthened, and even increased by 2%, to rise in
2012 at €2.6 million.

II. Creation: Increased Support for Major Projects
implement the plan for the live show

In 2012, artistic creation will be given net means
EUR 788 million, an increase of

As regards the five-year review, I would like to point out here that the
operators of the live show have been maintained or increased
during the period, as well as the decentralized appropriations for the
regional structures and independent teams. I
know that this is not always what structures may want,
in particular to maintain their artistic margins. But to this was
added the fruit of the Entretiens de Valois and the conferences of the show
which, by leading to a refocusing of State interventions in
on labels and networks and a rationalization of aid, have
made it possible to achieve budgetary margins; to this was added the
some €7 million mobilized under the
2009-2010, which made it possible to secure ten
performing arts and visual arts institutions.

On the visual arts in particular, support for creation and
strengthening of the French market place of art brought the ministry
increase operating and investment funding. In
playing the card of major operations – like Monumenta that exists
since 2007 – and the renewal of structures dedicated to creation
the Ministry of Culture and Communication has not
stopped betting on the long-term renewal of the
creation, support for emergence and international visibility.

Both in the field of performing arts
the commitment of my ministry to the creation and
artists have never denied it; it has even been widely supported,
with a voluntarism all the more necessary that the conjuncture was a
very unfavourable assumption.

1. The live performance will benefit in 2012 from means amounting to 719 M€,
an increase of 7.5%, including €347 million, in
increase, devoted to the functioning of the structures of the show
living per se. In this area, 2012 will prove a year
important, with the progress of the Philharmonie de Paris and the
implementation of the action plan for the live show, which I announced
in Avignon last July.

The Philharmonie de Paris is certainly one of the major
five-year period, on which I personally invested in order to
the progress of a project that will finally give the capital a
its international reach, capable of
to host the largest symphony formations, and open to
all forms of musical expression. To keep the course of sound
opening planned for 2013, we had to continue the effort
for a total budget of 336 million euros, of which almost half
from the State, it is therefore an amount of €45 million that the Ministry
will consecrate in 2012.

The renovation of the rooms is also guaranteed by this budget.

Among the most important ongoing operations, I would like to mention
renovation of the Opera Comique, but also, soon, that of the Theatre
of Chaillot. The Comédie Française, also in
will be able to continue its programming in ephemeral theatre
which you can see here the structures by the windows of the living room of
Maréchaux. Generally speaking, the commitments of my department in
renovation of national stages and drama centres
or construction of stages dedicated to contemporary music
will also be required, for the most important equipment like
for the most modest: modernisation, extensions, upgrading,
obligations on which the State maintains its commitments. It goes
the quality of our scenes, their visibility, the quality of the mesh
that it draws and that makes all the strength of the cultural geography

My department wants to be able to give itself the means to implement
the action plan for the live show that I announced at the Festival
Avignon last July, with 12 million that will be dedicated to
the period 2011-2013. As I committed 3.5 million euros
will be mobilized for the year 2012, in order to strengthen support for artists
to continue the structuring of artistic employment, to improve
the presence of artists in state-supported structures, and
increase their international visibility. Beyond these new credits, the
direct support to companies and artists is renewed. The
is maintained or slightly increased, to
EUR 280 million, in order to give the new
the means of their development: I think in
specific to national street arts centres and national hubs
of circus arts.

2. As far as the visual arts are concerned, they see their means of
€69 million.

The new means planned for 2012 will enable us to
complete the project of the contemporary creation site of the Palais de Tokyo
which will open in spring 2012, once the work is completed
the creation of spaces. Always in the
in the field of contemporary creation, the success of Monumenta at the Grand
Palace, where the Leviathan of Anish Kapoor will have known this year a
record number of visitors, brings us to confirm our support for
this international event, which will receive in 2012 Daniel

The plastic arts in the ministry is also the mobilization of this
last for photography, within the frame of the photo plan. The means
which have been made available, to the tune of €500,000,
in particular to support these major events, the Rencontres
photographs of Arles or Visa for the image in Perpignan, but also the
financing projects in the field of photojournalism.

In 2012, the Fonds régionaux d'art contemporain will celebrate its thirtieth anniversary
anniversary. They will see their resources increase to €17.5 million,
so that we can best accompany, within the framework of
State-Region project contracts, ongoing projects and initiate
Aquitaine. The support of my ministry to the art
it is also the consolidation of appropriations for support
and commissioned by the public. It will also be the
first year of operation of the National Institute of Crafts,
placed under the double supervision of Culture and the Ministry of
Trade and Crafts.

III. Transmission of knowledge, democratization of culture, research
cultural and scientific culture: programmes consolidated in 2012.
The budget for these programmes is a continuation of an
government to support substantive actions, which have
major impact on any cultural policy. Whether it is
higher education culture, shared culture, or
of Universcience, my ministry will also have proven, these
of the constancy of its commitments.

1. Higher education culture in France is today 115
institutions that provide training to 35,000 students. This
In recent years, education has undergone changes
in the interests of better integration into the
French and European higher education landscape with
notably the Licence-Master-Doctorate reform.

The State has accompanied this development in depth, in particular by
very significant investments over the five-year period. I think
particular to the rehabilitation of national schools of architecture, for a
committed by the State of more than 120 million euros. I think
rehabilitation of training institutions such as
the International Puppetry Institute in Charleville-Mézières, which
support in the Ardennes a unique artistic creation center in the
world, with its festival of international influence, of which
to celebrate the 50th anniversary; to finance the Art, Technology,
Management (ARTEM) in Lorraine, for more than €10 million of the
part of the State; or, in the near future, the rehabilitation of the Centre
National Circus Arts of Châlons-en-Champagne, with 7.5 million
from the State. These considerable investment efforts are
evidence of a massive state commitment to the
consolidation of higher education culture.

For 2012, I wanted to allocate additional resources to
higher education culture, particularly to strengthen its
entry in the European LMD scheme, with an envelope of 226.5
M , a € increase of + 4.3%. These means will allow us to
continue the investment operations undertaken in the
institutions, but also to strengthen their
position in the field of research and develop their
international attractiveness, with also the improvement of the
student life. On this last point, the Ministry of Culture and
In particular, Communication is committed to funding, as is the
Higher Education and Research, the 10th month of grant
for the academic year that has just begun.

Sign of the Government’s attention to education
Higher Culture, teachers' jobs are exempt from the rule
not replacing every second retirement.

2. Cultural democratization is a constant concern of this
from its beginnings. I wanted to modernize our
action in this area, by developing the framework of our actions in
shared culture, which is the subject of a
the department’s policy suite.

Shared culture is first and foremost arts and cultural education,
of more than 2.2 million young people each year. In this
emblematic area of government action for the
Since 2007, the Ministry of Culture has increased its budgets
about 15%, with a €75.7 million envelope planned

Cultural democratization also means access to culture throughout the
territory. On this point, I wanted to reactivate this year the
abandoned cultural development conventions with the
local authorities, land use planning tools that
in particular to support the cultural offer in the least
Regional Cultural Affairs Directorates have thus
proposed in 2011 60 new agreements with communities, of which 40
the rural world. This dynamic will be continued in 2012,
with specific funding from the Ministry, up to
EUR 1.5 million.

Generally speaking, all the departments in my department are responsible for
is mobilized for the shared culture. As an example, I will quote the plan
«Dynamic Hope Suburbs», the rural plan, free access to museums
for young people, the "Les Portes du temps" operation, the Musique card, the
reading plan or the Ciné-lycée platform. Moreover, I remind
that the Ministry of Culture and Communication has
2009, 20 M€ per year to finance free for 18-25 year-olds in
national museums and monuments throughout the country.

3. In terms of scientific culture, we have with Universcience,
the public establishment created in January 2010 from the fusion of the Palace
and the City of Science and Industry and placed under
the presidency of Claudie Haigneré, a formidable tool for access to knowledge,
with a strong international visibility, including
equal opportunities have the full attention of the Ministry. In
2012, its resources will be consolidated to the tune of 114.7 million

IV. Budget 2012 for media, books and cultural industries is
both realistic and particularly ambitious.

It closes a five-year period during which efforts
for these sectors have been particularly supported and

1) Let us start with the appropriations for the
press. We continue to support changes in the sector and
support its pluralism, as part of a renewed governance. In
In 2012, €390.3 million will be allocated to support the
press on the budget of the Ministry of Culture and Communication.

In the economic and financial context particularly constrained that
we know, and especially because of the end of the plan implemented in
the outcome of the Press Conference that covered the period 2009-2009
2011, the press support appropriations included in the finance bill
for 2012 start a decrease. I will remain vigilant, with publishers
on the impacts of these developments, as I committed to
to them. I want to tell you that I have mobilized to
these credits are maintained at a level acceptable to all. They
still remain at a historically high, clearly
more than 40% of the appropriations allocated to this public policy
before I arrived.

All commitments made by the State following the States General of the
were held. The thirty or so measures under the
Between 2009 and 2010, the public
press to preserve its economic equilibrium at a time when
she was going through the most serious crisis she has experienced since the post-war period,
and on the other hand to accelerate its migration towards an economic model
taking into account the challenges of digital convergence. The
exceptional support for the press sector for three years
activities for the sector and lead to a renewed
industrial competitiveness, rebalancing distribution costs,
the definition of a new legal and economic framework for the
digital development.

An initial assessment of the measures taken following the Estates General
The 2012 budget reinforces these guidelines while at the same time
supporting publishers more effectively in the context of a
renovated governance.

The maintenance of press aids at historically high levels matched
reform of the governance of aid to the written press will contribute to
grow the benefits of exceptional supports
public authorities for three years. This renovated
increase their effectiveness and their adaptation to the permanent changes of the

In fidelity to the principles on which the French aid scheme is based,
media – the defence of pluralism, the independence of
press and editorial, neutrality, freedom of trade and
industry - this reform will notably result in the creation of a
renewed dialogue space between the press and the State – the Conference
and the definition of a partnership
renewed public/private around the principle of contractualisation. The
expected objectives of projects financed by public aid schemes to
The press will thus be better appreciated in order to optimise the aid granted.

It is in this spirit and after consultation with the publishers that will be
created a strategic fund for press development.

2) Appropriations for the audiovisual sector rose by 1.4% to
constant scope, i.e. excluding the exceptional budgetary effort made
in 2011 to accompany the transition to all-digital television.

In 2012, France will have met the challenge of switching to television while
digital, with the definitive extinction of analog broadcasting
November 30, 2011. It must be emphasized that this challenge has been met
with success, thanks in particular to the important resources that the State will have
devoted. The total cost of this passage can be estimated at around 160 M€.

Overall, no substantial difficulties were encountered and the
all digital television switching operations have given
many reasons for satisfaction. The households involved were
equipped for the reception of DTT; they have benefited from a
good level of information and understanding of the process, through
the effectiveness of the action of the Groupement d'intérêt public France télé numérique
and the aid scheme provided for by the public authorities on this occasion.

Particular attention has also been paid to people
for the elderly and the disabled, for the
set up decoders or to reorient their antennas, but also
who were forced, for example, to pass to the parable to continue
receive television, thanks to aid funds provided by the State.

This policy, as well as the enthusiasm shown by the viewers,
for this new technology have made it possible to make this transition more
easy that we could have feared: that is why no staffing
The new budget is not planned for 2012 for the financing of
Public Interest Grouping (GIP) “France Télé Numérique”, other
a carry-forward of unused appropriations in 2011.

The total public appropriations allocated to public broadcasting bodies,
meaning France Télévisions, Arte France, Radio France, INA and
France, will increase by 1.7% between the
2011 initial finance and the 2012 finance bill, to achieve
€3.883 billion. The 2012 budget therefore makes it possible to finance
all of their public service missions, including priorities
new contracts of objectives and means
(COM) by France Télévisions and ARTE France, which is being finalised.

For France Télévisions, the COM 2011-2015 project, on which the
Parliament is currently being consulted, reflects the strong commitment of the State
to accompany the implementation of a strategy aimed at
federate all audiences, with average annual growth
2.2% of the public resource.

With regard to ARTE France, the Government has decided on a
exceptional increase in its public endowment from 7.3% to €270 million. Then
the chain has been experiencing a slow erosion of its
this financial effort marks the State’s commitment to the model
television that it represents. The draft new contracts
objectives and means (COM) for the period 2012-2016, that we
finalise, embody the ambition to relaunch the French-German cultural channel,
and set as its main objective the reconquest of its audience,
with the introduction of a new program grid and the
development of its digital offering.

For the other public audiovisual organizations, the financing
The reforms launched in 2012 will continue.

The reform of the external audiovisual sector, launched in 2008, is on track
completion. Many milestones have been reached in the last five
years. Thus the holding company "Audiovisual Extérieur de la France"
(AEF) and the AEF group were created. The period 2008-2011 saw the
France 24, which has been distributed since 2010
world. At the end of the 1st quarter 2011, it can be received by
160 million unique homes in the world. France 24 is also
broadcast 24/7 in Arabic since October 2010 and it
good results in the Maghreb area, with a peak of attendance during
events in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.
I have no doubt about the completion in 2012 of the reform
President of the Republic in 2008, as the various yards remaining
progress satisfactorily: this year 2012 will be notably
marked by the rapprochement of France 24 and RFI, the
2009-2012 strategic plan of TV5 World, the development of the
worldwide distribution of France 24 and the multilingual distribution of RFI on
all media.

On the budgetary front, after a sustained effort to support the
group, savings resulting from synergies between
various companies of the Audiovisual Group Outside France
reduce public resources slightly between 2011 and 2011
2012, while maintaining the objectives of audiovisual development
external. The total public allocation of AEF is thus €319 million
in the 2012 draft budget.

For Radio France, the public funding proposed in 2012 is
630 million, an increase of 3.8%, in accordance with the contracts
objectives and means (COM) signed last year, in particular to
to accompany the rehabilitation work of the Maison de Radio France.

The identity of each of the antennas will be further confirmed, the network of
France Bleu antennas extended, and the presence on the vectors of
enhanced digital broadcasting.

With regard to the National Audiovisual Institute (INA), the public endowment
proposed in 2012 amounted to €94 million, an increase of 2.1%, online
again in relation to the COM. This allocation will allow the INA to
achievement of the following strategic objectives in 2012:
plan to safeguard and digitize its threatened archives, the
consolidation of the continuing training activity, the
collections notably through the growth of the website, and the expansion
activities of legal deposit on the Internet.

Regarding the Ministry’s support for community radio stations, the bill
Finance for 2012 confirms the effort initiated in 2010 for these
associations, with a retention of appropriations of €29 million.

3) I would now like to present the budget for the
favour of books and reading.

The past five years have seen the rise of a
world-class digital library, Gallica, and a contribution
European portal, Europeana. As of 2007, the
Mass digitization policy initiated by the National Library
France, with exceptional support from the State, led, on four
years (2007-2010), digitization of more than 36.2 million pages,
with a budget of around €25 million. In addition, the
2007-2012 will see the implementation of a new strategy
for the National Library of France.

In the field of public reading, an area which is both the
competence of the authorities and the impulses of the State at national level,
the action of the ministry over the period 2007-2012 had to adapt to the new
issues. In March 2010, I made 14 proposals for the
development of reading in this direction.
Finally, our action towards the book economy has been structured
during the period 2007-2012 on the main axes of the «book plan»
November 14, 2007 in Cabinet. This plan provided for
the establishment of an independent bookshop label for
reference. From this label flows the possibility for communities
to exempt distinguished institutions from local taxation.

Almost two-thirds of bookshops that have obtained a label are
In the case of an exemption of this kind at at least one territorial level.

For 2012, the credits for the book and reading policy are
maintained. In the current context, this effort allows us to continue
in good conditions the main objectives, namely:
- Support digital-related changes, both for structuring
of the economic sector of the book that for the adaptation of libraries
new reading practices;
- to ensure the exploitation and dissemination of written heritage.

Nearly 250 M will be committed in 2012 to serve this ambition and
support to all the actors in the
book and reading, and related investments, that they fall under the
public or private sector: authors, publishers, booksellers, libraries.

The renovation of the Richelieu Quadrilateral is a major departmental project
started in an operational phase since 2001 which will end in
2017. The total cost to the State is around €211 million, of which
€171 million for Culture, which aims to modernize the
services offered to the public to constitute a major resource hub in
history of art. The completion of the work planned in 2012 represents a
total amount of almost 30 million euros.

Adapting Territorial Libraries to New Library Practices
reading and the digital revolution benefits:
- the maintenance of appropriations for the general decentralization allocation
(Ministry of the Interior) at a very high level, with an
€80.4 million;
- the rise of the implementation of the 14 proposals for
development of the March 2010 reading. More than €2 million will be
mobilized in 2012 for the implementation of this comprehensive plan, both in
central level than decentralized.

This includes the financing of extension projects
weekly of their library, continuing contracts territory
reading, and increased support for national development associations
young people and populations far from reading: these
associations, including “Lire et faire lire”, real “tête de réseau”
are a formidable lever for action across the country
thanks to their remarkable work.

The policy in favour of books and reading also requires a
specific action in the direction of the book industry, with
perpetuating a diversified and quality editorial production in a
an environment marked by the development of digital books.

As such, the National Book Centre (CNL), an operator of the Ministry,
will continue to support libraries in their
through its partnership with the BnF. The
support for digitisation will amount to a total of €10 million: €6 million for the
Heritage digitization of the BnF and €4m to support projects
of publishers.

4) Finally, I would like to say a few words about our policy in
cultural industries.

As you know, the main cultural industries are all facing
the challenges of digitalization and the Internet, which are
both a great opportunity of diffusion and outreach for the
artists and cultural creations, but also a threat to the
remuneration of creators and the entire value chain, as a result
the mass piracy of cultural content. In the field of
recorded music, the development of these practices had an impact
This sector has lost more than 60% of its
between 2003 and 2010 and more than half of its jobs.

In the digital field, my department’s policy includes
two inseparable components, the record of which is largely positive:
copyright on digital networks and foster development
a diversified and attractive legal offer of online cultural content.

The “protection of works” component of this action is based on the
implementation of the HADOPI law, effective since October 1, 2010. In
the development of a diversified and attractive legal offer, a measure
innovative support for legal consumption, the «Music Card» for
youth, was implemented. The “Carte musique” was launched
last October for a period of two years. The budget allocated to this
operation is 25 million euros. My services are currently working
a physical version of the “Music Card” that will be distributed as of
month of November in supermarkets, as well as at a new site
internet on so-called “smart” mobile devices, the
smartphones. In addition, an extensive communication campaign will be
organized in the coming weeks to raise awareness of the

However, the impact of the crisis on the sector’s actors, in particular
the most vulnerable, small and medium-sized enterprises, and the self-employed,
remains clear. It has become particularly necessary to reflect on
more structural support for all stakeholders in the
recorded music. I entrusted a mission to
reflection on funding musical diversity in the era
Marc THONON and Didier SELLES. The mission has just completed its
report, it will publicly present the elements of it in future
days. I will study its recommendations very specifically, in
link also with the work conducted by the mission on the living spectacle.

Finally, with regard to the film sector, I will engage, in connection with
Valérie Pécresse and François Baroin, a reform of the
services, in order to secure the proceeds of this tax which
feeds the budget of the Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée
(CNC). With a budget of 700 million euro, the CNC will maintain its
resources at a very high level. It will be able to cope in 2012 with all
its commitments in the field of cinema, audiovisual and multimedia
and in particular continue the ambitious digitization plan already launched.

The five-year term of the President of the Republic, as you will have
will have been marked by a massive budgetary commitment by the State
in favour of Culture and Communication. These budgets, we
have served a policy, projects and priorities of which I have
wanted to give you an overview. By their scope, by the work of
and negotiations that carry them, they easily contradict those
who attempt to raise the spectre of a cultural depression or
disengagement of the State. They also relativize the scope of the
promises of the opposition to increase the budget for Culture and
Communication, as if the majority had done nothing about it since 5
years. This is false, and is only a way of masking, in those who
favour opportunistic announcement effects, lack of proposals.

It is always good to remember, indeed, and especially when one
closes this budget presentation exercise, that culture will not be summed up
never to a battle of numbers.

Thank you.