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“Who talks about tradition today? »

By no means, I wrote a e-book after every ministerial expertise and so I did the identical after this exhilarating and tiring mandate on rue de Valois. It is a sort of suggestions, “Retex”, as they are saying. I additionally imagine that each minister ought to speak in regards to the pitfalls he has encountered or the enhancements to be made in his division. This e-book is clearly my model of the info, I do not see the way it might be in any other case.

That is the pockets you could not refuse?

When Jean Castex supplied me to enter the federal government, I mentioned no. When he informed me about Tradition, I mentioned sure. I’m shocked that it was not granted to me earlier as a result of everybody knew my need for this ministry. However I’ve held magnificent positions, in Ecology or Well being. I used to be not Secretary of State with stuffed cabbage, as Normal de Gaulle used to say. Leaving rue de Valois was heartbreaking. Not that I needed to remain there however I separated from groups that helped and cherished me. I’ve a really affective administration, in no way kleenex, of human sources.

Not “a ministraillon at whom we throw peanuts”…

You mark your territory in a short time, as evidenced by a letter to Jean Castex…

It’s important to mark your territory straight away. Simply after my appointment, Bercy determined to pluck Tradition as a part of the restoration plan. So I wrote to Jean Castex that he had not “purchased” Roselyne Bachelot to be “a ministraillon at whom we throw peanuts”. The letter had some success and I bought satisfaction. You recognize, I am a free lady and so they got here in search of me. I’ve no pathological relationship with energy. I left with out remorse.

As former Minister of Well being, did you’ve got a specific view of the Covid epidemic?

Clearly. First, as a result of after being vilified within the case of the H1N1 vaccines, I used to be paid tribute and justice. I assumed it will be finished after I died. Lastly, it is higher when it occurs earlier than. It is the identical for my motion rue de Valois. There was irritation from some, the reactions of spoiled kids, however there isn’t a different nation the place the cultural world has been helped a lot. A serious French movie official even admitted to me after a gathering that he didn’t count on to obtain a lot cash. “Hush,” I replied, “do not say it too loudly.” »

I am not asking for a laurel wreath. Simply that we respect the minister and that we do not insult her, as occurred at this well-known ceremony of the Césars 2021. It is France, just a few artists want to face out by knocking out energy. “The begging bowl in a single hand, the Molotov cocktail within the different”, mentioned Maurice Druon. However we should nonetheless keep in mind that greater than half of the French by no means set foot in a theater, an opera or a live performance corridor.

A chapter of your e-book made noise. The one the place you say we won’t fund the maintenance of all of the little church buildings…

I put my toes within the dish, as “La Croix” titled it. France has an distinctive non secular heritage with greater than 100,000 buildings, together with 42,000 church buildings, typically rural. I would really like all the pieces to be saved however there can be billions of euros. I put everybody earlier than their obligations. A small rural city doesn’t have the enough price range to revive its church. It turns to the State, whose heritage is just not all the time brighter and which is crippled with debt. Simply the development of the Grand-Palais quantities to 466 million euros, will probably be as a lot for the Middle Pompidou. As a substitute of attacking me for what I didn’t say, Stéphane Bern ought to have understood that I’m his greatest ally. Its Loto du patrimoine has solely introduced in 125 million euros in 5 years. It is ridiculous.

“I declare my old-fashionedness, my basic profession as an activist and native elected official”

Through the presidential marketing campaign, you surprise in regards to the relationship between Emmanuel Macron and tradition…

To begin with, I wish to remind you that the 15 billion euros allotted to tradition to reply to the well being disaster is the need of the president. However it’s true that, in a disaster state of affairs, tradition typically takes a again seat. Moreover, who talks about tradition today, other than just a few circles of insiders? Alas no one and I’m sorry, even revolted.

You declare to belong to the outdated political world, even when it means trying old school…

I declare my old-fashionedness, my basic profession as an activist and native elected official. I’ve noticed my fellow ministers from civil society who arrive with out expertise or studying in an typically violent world. It’s the similar with many deputies. I had campaigned for the prohibition of the buildup of mandates, I admit in all simplicity to have been mistaken. It is nonetheless higher to take a look at a textual content of legislation with the attention of an area elected official. This has disappeared and we’ve got misplaced so much.

What did you consider Cyril Hanouna’s statements on public service broadcasting?

I’m a fierce advocate for public broadcasting. We have now magnificent public tv and radio, extraordinary professionals. Populists, whoever they’re, need privatization, it will be a loss for our democracy. Public broadcasting shouldn’t be vilified or privatized.

When you had been nonetheless a minister, you need to have defended the abolition of the royalty…

That is one of many causes I did not need to proceed. There you go, you understand all the pieces.

“682 days”, by Roselyne Bachelot, Éditions Plon, 288 p., €20.90


On the Francofolies de La Rochelle, in July 2020. One of many very first public outings of the one which has simply been named rue de Valois

Archives Xavier Léoty/”South West”

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