Yet Another Mitterrand in Government

FredericMitterrandMedef23062009On Wednesday morning, he told his staff in Rome, where he headed the famed cultural and academic center, Villa Médicis. Later that day, he was attending his first Parisian cabinet meeting as the new Minister of Culture. 61 years old, Frédéric Mitterrand was named by Nicolas Sarkozy to general surprise. He was an ardent supporter of his uncle, the late Socialist former president, Francois Mitterrand but has moved rightwards recently. He is a popular writer, film director and television personality.

He succeeds Christine Albanel who made waves with an abortive law to control internet piracy which is now being reworked. His insider image and contact list, many believe, will give a boost to the arts. His movie, “Madame Butterfly,” was one of the more successful transfers of opera to screen.

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