By David Goudey
10 Feb 24 at 2:16 p.m.
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End of reign at the Palace of Versailles (Yvelines). Catherine Pgard is preparing to hand over the presidency of the public establishment – including the castle, the museum and the national domain – which she has directed for more than twelve years. A record since the creation of the entity in 1995.
According to information jointly revealed by Le Figaro And The letterFriday February 9, 2024, President Emmanuel Macron would have recently informed the former journalist that she was going to have to leave her chair to Christophe Leribaultpresident of thePublic establishment of the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie (EPMO) since October 2021.
The official appointment of the person concerned, again according to our colleagues, should take place on Wednesday February 14, 2024, in Council of Ministers.
Who is Christophe Leribault, the successor?
Christophe Leribault, aged 60, has a much less political profile than the previous “bosses” of the Palace of Versailles. Graduate of the École du Louvre and art historianhe began his career in heritage conservation in Carnavalet museum in the early 1990s.
Appointed deputy director of the graphic arts department of the Louvre Museum in 2006, he will also, from 2007, manage the Delacroix museumbefore taking the responsibility of Small palace in November 2012, then that of the EPMO, nine years later.
A page turns at Versailles
Catherine Pegardwho will celebrate her 70th birthday in August 2024, was appointed in August 2011 as head of the public establishment of the Palace of Versailles by Nicolas Sarkozy, for whom she had been advisor at the Élysée since 2007.
She took office in October of the same year. replacing Jean-Jacques Aillagonin office since 2007, before being reappointed in 2016 by François Hollande, then confirmed for three years in July 2019 by Emmanuel Macron.
Catherine Pgard had to leave
The announced departure of the former editor-in-chief of Point puts an end to an imbroglio and even to a small controversy. Catherine Pgard, hit by the age limit (67 years) since March 2021, saw her last mandate officially end in October 2022. She has since held a temporary position which dragged on.
A maintenance which challenged and which even moved the Court of Auditors. In a November 2023 reportthe court observed that its maintenance “could be assimilated to a form of abuse of power “.
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