The French president, Emmanuel Macron, has asked a senior civil servant to conduct a review of artist residencies funded by the French state, which could lead to the abolition of some culture programmes. The man charged with drawing up the report is Thierry Tuot, the president of the administrative council of the French Academy at Villa Medici in Rome.

According to the newspaper Le Monde, Macron wrote a letter to Tuot stating that his main aim is to make France more attractive “to great artistic talents from all over the world”, underlining that the government spends more than €7m annually on around 500 residencies in the fields of visual and performance arts.
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