Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, has appointed Emmanuel Etienne to head the heritage department of the Directorate-General for Heritage and Architecture.

The Heritage Department is one of the four departments comprising the Directorate-General for Heritage and Architecture. He is responsible for the steering and the action of the Ministry of Culture in the matter of preventive or programmed archaeology, historic monuments buildings or objects, heritage sites (surrounding historic monuments, remarkable heritage sites, World Heritage sites) and general inventory of cultural heritage.

Emmanuel Etienne is a State Town Planner and Heritage Architect who graduated from the École de Chaillot.He first worked as an architectural agency and then as an architect for the Bâtiments de France and Head of the Department of Architecture and Heritage. From 2009 to 2011, he was curator of national monuments at the National Monuments Centre (NMC). Since 2011, he has held the position of deputy deputy director at the Ministry’s headquarters and then deputy director of historic monuments and heritage sites at the Directorate-General for Heritage and Architecture.

With this recognized expertise, it will unite the teams of the heritage service and ensure the protection and enhancement of the heritage in liaison with all its public and private partners.

Emmanuel Etienne will focus on supporting major heritage conservation and restoration projects, strengthening the value of the unprotected heritage to which the French are attached, and supporting, through the recovery plan, the important programme for the restoration of historic monuments set up in this context, and thus the professionals in the sector affected by the health crisis.

Emmanuel Etienne will succeed Jean-Michel Loyer-Hascoët, who has just taken over the leadership of the Centre de recherche et de restauration des musées de France (C2RMF) since 1 Januaryer august 2021.