Franck Riester, Minister of Culture, and Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Secretary of State to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, presided over a meeting this morning devoted to the situation of guide speakers, in the presence of the main representatives of the profession.

Guide-speakers, whose profession is recognized and regulated by law, play a leading role in the presentation of French historical and cultural heritage. They are hit hard by the Covid-19 health crisis, the closure of places (museums, monuments, tourist sites, cities and countries of art and history) depriving them of income well beyond the lockdown period.

Fully aware of these difficulties, the Government decided that the guides-Speakers will be among the activities that will continue to benefit from the accompanying measures put in place for the sectors most affected by the consequences of the Covid19 crisis in accordance with the announcements of the Prime Minister at the Interdepartmental Council of the tourism on May 14.

In particular, they will be able to benefit from the extension of the solidarity fund beyond May under flexible conditions (up to 20 employees and €2 million in turnover), until the end of 2020. The amount of aid paid under the second component of the fund will be up to €10,000.

They will also benefit from an automatic exemption from social contributions during the months of March to June 2020 (for periods of employment from February to May). If they are self-employed, they will be able to benefit from a reduction in contributions equal to the equivalent of 4 months of contributions due on average in these sectors in 2019. This reduction will be applicable as of the social deadlines of 2020 by reducing the amount of their deposit. As for micro-entrepreneurs, they will be exempt from their contributions due for the months of activity between February and May, without having to show a loss of income or turnover.

Finally, the guide speakers will continue to have their partial activity allowance for hours not worked covered at 100% until September, if applicable.

In the case of employee guide-speakers, employed in the form of short contracts, who are not eligible for the schemes described above, the Government has indicated on May 14, 2020 to have started a specific reflection on them and the Ministry of Culture has been working for several weeks to the establishment, as soon as possible, of a specific aid fund. 

In addition to these essential short-term support measures, tour guides will play a major role in the resumption of cultural activities and tourism this summer. The operators of the State, as well as those of the local authorities, are already mobilized and invited to make maximum use of the guides-speakers to invite the public to resume the path of our museums, monuments and tourist sites, everywhere in the territory.