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France is bidding to buy one of two rare works by Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn to prevent its current owner, the Rothschild family, from shipping the painting to Amsterdam.

Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin said the Bank of France would make an “exceptional” donation of 80 million euros ($89 million) to purchase one of the 17th century paintings for the Louvre Museum, just four days after the Netherlands said it had made an offer to buy both masterpieces.

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The French minister of Culture, Fleur Pellerin, has announced that artist Jean-Marc Bustamante will succeed Nicolas Bourriaud as the new director of the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Bustamante will take up the position in October.

The announcement comes after a media scandal surrounding the dismissal of Bourriaud from the post which he has held since 2011, and puts an end to months of speculations and public accusations, including rumors of nepotism set off by the satirical weekly, Le Canard Enchaîné.

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Last week, the French Minister of Culture Fleur Pellerin dismissed Nicolas Bourriaud from his post as director of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, in a surprise decision that sent the French—and international—media into a frenzy, sparking rumors regarding possible ulterior motives.  

In a public back-and-forth carried out in the French press, Bourriaud challenged Pellerin's decision to fire him, calling it "arbitrary."

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The French government has imposed an export ban on three items which descendants of France's former royal family consigned to auction at Sotheby's Paris, Yahoo News reports.

France's culture minister Fleur Pellerin designated the items as pieces of “national treasure" to stop them from going under the hammer and from leaving the country.

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The Palace of Fontainebleau, a royal château that served as the residence of French monarchs from Louis VII through Napoleon III, is preparing for a major overhaul. Located just fifty-five kilometers southeast of Paris, the sprawling palace has long been overshadowed by its more famous counterpart, Versailles. France’s Minister of Culture, Fleur Pellerin, is hoping that a €115-million funding boost will change that. Versailles, which embarked on its own €350-million, seventeen-year overhaul in 2003, is the only other royal home in France to have received public funding of a similar caliber.

Announced on Monday, January 26, 2015, the plan to overhaul Fontainebleau includes the long-term conservation of the palace, which was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 1981.

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The French President, François Hollande, yesterday, 26 August, named Fleur Pellerin as the new minister of culture in France’s reshuffled cabinet. She succeeds Aurélie Filippetti, who published an open letter of resignation in the newspaper Le Monde on Monday after a dramatic split in the French cabinet that emerged this weekend. Pellerin was the minister of foreign trade and tourism in the first government under Prime Minister Manuel Valls from April this year.

A rising political star, Pellerin previously served as the delegate for small and medium enterprises, innovation and the digital economy at the finance ministry.

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