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France Doesn't Want Their Bookstores to End Up Like America's

French Culture Minister Aurélie Filippetti - people who write

Aurélie Filippett

French Culture Minister Aurélie Filippetti “wants to ensure that France ‘never suffers the same fate as the United States’ with ‘the collapse of several [bookshop] chains‘ and the ensuing difficulties for publishers and creation.” The Bookseller reports, Filippetti is putting a plan in place that includes €5m fund to assist booksellers with cashflow problems, a bigger budget for ADELC, the association that subsidises booksellers, and a mediator that would act as a liaison / advocate for the independent book industry mediator in settling disputes “as an alternative to avoid costly litigation.” French booksellers are thrilled about the government support while publishers reportedly feel publishers a mediator is taking things a bit too far. Publisher Hervé de La Martinière told The Bookseller, “No-one [among French publishers] is in favour, but no-one dares says so… We can solve problems among ourselves.”

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3 responses to “France Doesn't Want Their Bookstores to End Up Like America's

  1. indytony

    Not to sound like a crass capitalist, but throwing subsidies at a declining industry is a little like re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

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