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France to Increase Funding for Museums in 2017

The Louvre’s visitors dropped from 9.26 million in 2014  to 8.6 million in 2015. The Louvre’s visitors dropped from 9.26 million in 2014  to 8.6 million in 2015.

France’s Minister of Culture and Communication, Audrey Azoulay, has pledged to “substantially” increase funding for French museums next year.

“I know the difficulties confronting museums today, between a drop in attendance, particularly linked to the drop in tourism, and a rise in security expenses,” she said. As part of this, cultural funding will increase by 6.6% to a total of €2.9 billion—the largest amount of government money promised for the arts in the country’s history.

Azoulay announced last month a 5% increase in funding to museums, and, notably, an increase of 12% for acquisitions budgets for regional and national museums. She said that museums security would be partly supported by an intra-ministerial fund. The government is also organizing a conference on cultural tourism in December to try and revive the sector, artfixdaily.com reported.

France’s tourism industry, which makes up around 7% of its gross domestic product, was shaken by the terrorist attacks in Paris last November that killed 130 people, and exacerbated by the Bastille Day attack in Nice this past July that killed 86 people. The BBC reported that there were 1 million fewer visitors to Paris from January to June this year than the same time in 2015, with an estimated loss in revenue of €750m. And while the Louvre was shaken by the terrorist attacks in Paris last November in 2015, its 8.6 million visitors is a noticeable drop from the 9.26 million visitors it reported for the 2014 calendar year.

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