Françoise Nyssen

Françoise Nyssen (born 9 June 1951) is a French-Belgian publisher and politician and a former director of the Actes Sud publishing house. From 2017 until 2018, she served as Minister of Culture of France in the government of Prime Minister Édouard Philippe.

Françoise Nyssen
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Minister of Culture
In office
17 May 2017 – 16 October 2018
Prime MinisterÉdouard Philippe
Preceded byAudrey Azoulay
Succeeded byFranck Riester
Personal details
Born (1951-06-09) 9 June 1951 (age 68)
Etterbeek, Belgium
ParentsHubert Nyssen
Christine Le Bœuf
Alma materUniversité libre de Bruxelles

Early life and educationEdit

Françoise Nyssen was raised and attended university in Belgium.[1] She has a maîtrise (Master's degree) from the Institut supérieur d’urbanisme et de rénovation urbaine in Brussels.


Early in her career, Nyssen worked first as an urban planner in Paris.[2]

In 1987, Nyssen became an associate and presiding director of Actes Sud publisher, founded by her father Hubert Nyssen,[1] and located in Arles.[3] Françoise Nyssen and her husband founded the school Domaine du possible in 2014, using Steiner-Waldorf paedagogical methods.[4] The school settled in a farm a few kilometers away from the centre of Arles, where a hundred pupils, aged from 3 to 16, were enrolled in September 2016.[4]

On 17 May 2017, Nyssen was appointed as French Minister of Culture, as the successor of Audrey Azoulay.[2] On 13 November 2017, she announced the launch of a new fund to support young designers with €300,000 to be invested in 10 projects annually.[5]

During her time in office, Nyssen was accused of impropriety over renovations done in her previous publishing house’s outpost in Arles in 2011.[6] Shortly after, the public prosecutor’s office in Paris launched a preliminary investigation into Nyssen, after French weekly Le Canard Enchaîné reported that she had failed to declare building renovations in her prior career as a publisher.[6] In October 2018, she was replaced by Franck Riester in a cabinet reshuffle.[7]

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  1. ^ a b Mounier, Frédéric (10 October 2014). "Françoise Nyssen, éditrice bienveillante". La Croix (in French).
  2. ^ a b "Gouvernement : Françoise Nyssen, une éditrice à la Culture". Le Moniteur (in French). 17 May 2017.
  3. ^ Douroux, Philippe (19 February 2016). "Françoise Nyssen, le charme discret de l'éditrice". Libération (in French). Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  4. ^ a b Floc'h, Benoît (10 October 2014). "Le Domaine du possible, une école pour "faire bouger les lignes"". Le Monde (in French). Retrieved 18 November 2018..
  5. ^ Foreman, Katya (13 November 2017). "France's Minister of Culture Announces Fashion Fund". WWD. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  6. ^ a b Young, Zachary (24 August 2018). "Paris prosecutor launches probe into French culture minister". Politico Europe. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  7. ^ Bisserbe, Noemie (16 October 2018). "Macron, Under Pressure, Walks Tight Line With Cabinet Appointments". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Françoise Nyssen nommée ministre de la Culture". Rencontres d'Arles (in French). 17 May 2017. Retrieved 18 November 2018.