The cronyism behind top French culture posts

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Recent nominations to plum public posts in cultural institutions in France illustrate a system of cronyism and jobs-for-the-boys which President François Hollande had, at the time of his election four years ago, promised to end. Laurent Mauduit reports on the favours and backscratching at the heights of some of France’s most prestigious museums.

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A series of appointments and re-appointments to plum jobs at prestigious French public cultural institutions over recent weeks carry the hallmarks of a cronyism that President François Hollande, during his 2012 election campaign, had pledged he would stamp out under an “exemplary Republic”.