It was with deep emotion that Franck Riester, Minister of Culture, learned of the death, at the age of 98, of André Chabaud, a prominent figure in the Ministry of Culture, where he worked for many years under the authority of André Malraux.

After studying law, André Chabaud began his career as a senior civil servant in 1945 at the Ministry of National Education.

He was then seconded to the Réunion des Théâtres Lyriques Nationaux to direct the administrative services from 1957. When Georges Auric left in 1968, he served for a year as interim director of the establishment.

Secretary General of the Inventory of Artistic Riches of France in 1972, he continued the development of the service created in 1964 and particularly his active policy of publications.

André Chabaud was appointed director of the Louvre Museum in 1979. He led the modernization of the reception facilities before the creation in 1983 of the public institution in charge of the Grand Louvre project, one of the major works requested by François Mitterrand, then President of the Republic.

The Minister of Culture extends his deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of André Chabaud.