On the proposal of the Minister of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty, Marc FESNEAU, the Minister of Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion, Christophe BECHU, and the Minister of Culture, Rima ABDUL MALAK, and after examination by the Council of Ministers on January 4, 2023, the President of the Republic appointed Mr. Pierre DUBREUIL Director General, Commissioner of the National Domain of Chambord.
Mr. Pierre DUBREUIL has been the Director General of the Office français de la biodiversité since its creation in 2020. His professional career in public institutions: 3 years as Director General of the National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research, nearly 20 years in various management positions at the National Museum of Natural History, 3 years as Director General of the French Office of Biodiversity, which depends in particular on the ministries in charge of Culture, Ecological Transition and Agriculture, allows him to understand the totality of the issues in the Chambord area, of which he has been a director since 2020.
At the General Management of the Domaine national de Chambord, Mr. Pierre DUBREUIL intends to focus on actions aimed at young audiences, develop artist residencies and digital innovation, while ensuring that Chambord is an area of «ecological excellence». It will also continue the development actions already undertaken.
Mr. Pierre DUBREUIL will take up his duties on 19 January.
He will succeed Mr. Jean d'HAUSSONVILLE, who has led the Chambord national estate since January 2010. The three ministers welcome the action taken by Mr. Jean d'HAUSSONVILLE, who gave new life to the Domaine, bringing together many partners, local and international, revitalize cultural programming and pursue a proactive mediation and transmission policy. Its Chambord development strategy has made the estate much more than a castle, a major tourist site, a pioneer agricultural and forestry project for the preservation of biodiversity. The number of visitors to the estate has risen sharply since 2010, from 730,000 to 1,131,000 in 2019, before the health crisis.
The Domaine national de Chambord is a public institution with an industrial and commercial character, placed under the triple supervision of the Ministries in charge of Culture, Agriculture and Ecology. It includes the castle, all the parks, gardens, buildings and outbuildings as well as the entire village of Chambord, its forest and the surrounding wall of the domain. The forest area covers 5,400 ha. The entire area is classified as historical monuments and sites. It is a national domain within the meaning of the Heritage Code, and is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The village of Chambord, included in the perimeter of the national domain, is the only commune in France, wholly owned by the State, whose buildings are all classified as historical monuments and rented by the domain to the commune, merchants and inhabitants.
Built in 1519 at the request of François I, the castle of Chambord is an emblem of the French Renaissance throughout Europe and the world. The estate receives about 1 million visitors a year.
By an interdepartmental order of February 8, 2019, the national domain of Chambord was entrusted with the large hunting park of the domain of Rambouillet (78), enclosed by walls, which extends over 850 ha, and ensures since maintenance and operation.