June 8, 1987
French Premier Jacques Chirac, acting to defuse a weeklong crisis, backed off from his demand that outspoken Culture Minister Francois Leotard choose between his government duties and his duties as a leader of the Republican Party. The premier had been angered by a magazine interview in which Leotard, 45, said he would not support Chirac in the first round of next spring's presidential elections. Leotard's centrist party is allied with Chirac's conservative Rally for the Republic party.
July 30, 1987 |
It appears that French Finance Minister Edouard Balladur--who refused to move out of his posh offices in the Louvre so that the museum could be expanded and refurbished--has finally agreed to leave. The Finance Ministry announced Wednesday that Balladur and Culture Minister Francois Leotard had struck a compromise: Balladur will move half of his 2,500-person staff by the end of the year, especially those whose offices are close to the proposed construction sites.
March 3, 1987 |
The French government is proposing new American-style grants to promote private and corporate funding of the arts. "France is way behind other Western countries," said Francois Leotard, the minister of culture and communications. "It's time for the private sector to take the initiative." He has proposed bigger tax credits for companies supporting the arts and a system allowing the government to co-finance cultural activities with private companies or individuals.
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August 27, 2001
Philippe Leotard, 60, French actor who worked with noted directors Francois Truffaut and Claude LeLouch and won a Cesar, his country's equivalent of the Oscar, died Saturday in a Paris clinic. Born in the Riviera resort city of Nice in 1940, Leotard had a television and movie career that spanned three decades and included more than 70 films, the first being a made-for-TV movie, "Crime and Punishment," in 1966. The actor won his Cesar for his role in the 1983 film, "The Balance."
July 29, 1987 |
A snag developed today in plans to renovate the Louvre Museum, which houses the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and Finance Minister Edouard Balladur. The government announced that Balladur, sometimes referred to as "Louis XIV" in the French press for his magisterial manner, refuses to move from his lavish offices in the Louvre.
July 1, 2001 |
The United States on Saturday announced the appointment of a special envoy to Macedonia, beefing up international efforts to prevent a new war from engulfing the Balkans. The U.S. Embassy in Skopje, the capital, said James Pardew would arrive today and work alongside European Union envoy Francois Leotard, who began work Thursday.