The UNESCO Convention on the protection and the promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions recognizes and affirms the sovereign right of States to adopt and implement policies to support artistic creation and their cultural industries.

What is a cultural policy? What actions can be taken to nurture and sustain creation in sectors such as visual arts, audiovisual and cinema, books, music or performing arts? What role can the State play? What role is there for civil society and the private sector?

This document neither pretends to fully answer these questions nor to provide an exhaustive inventory of the measures applied in France in support of the various cultural sectors. Nonetheless, it is our hope that it may serve to inspire cultural professionals and public authorities in other countries when conceiving and implementing their own specific policies to support and promote the vitality of their domestic cultural sectors and the circulation of their culture beyond their borders.

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