On the sidelines of the meeting of the Franco-Mexican Strategic Council (CSFM) meeting in Paris, Françoise Nyssen, Minister of Culture, met Monday, April 16, 2018 with his Mexican counterpart, María Cristina García Cepeda. They signed an agreement on bilateral cooperation on cultural heritage.
During her visit to Mexico in October 2017, Françoise Nyssen expressed the French government’s solidarity with the Mexican people following the two earthquakes in September 2017. The latter cost the lives of more than 500 people and damaged 2,000 buildings, 13 of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. In this context, the cooperation agreement formalizes France’s availability to Mexico to promote cooperation in the following areas:
- The exchange and promotion of contacts between professionals and specialists in the field of the restoration of historic monuments, and more particularly in favour of the protection of cultural heritage in the event of natural disasters;
- The promotion of exchanges of specialists between France and Mexico, and the development of projects aimed at training professionals, technicians and heritage stakeholders in general;
- The collaboration of France in helping to restore two iconic monuments of heritage value damaged by the earthquakes of 2017: the convent complex of Saint Bernardin de Siena in Xochimilco, Mexico City and the church of Saint Francis of Assisi in Puebla.
The signing of the heritage agreement is a first step in structuring cultural cooperation with Mexico. Françoise Nyssen reminded her Mexican counterpart of the availability of the Ministry of Culture to work with Mexico on the other themes identified during her previous visit such as the single price of the book, the dialogue between libraries of the two countries, or the development of student mobility in the field of higher education culture.