The National Assembly is preparing to demand that the name of the former President of the Republic Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, who died in December, be attached to that of the Orsay and Orangerie museums in Paris.
A resolution to this effect, non-binding, will be presented Thursday, March 25 in the hemicycle by the center-right opposition group UDI, heir to the UDF founded by the former president, in power from 1974 to 1981. The text “invites the government to examine the addition of the name of the former President of the Republic, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, on behalf of the Musée d’Orsay”. The LREM deputies must approve it, we learned from the majority group where a unanimous vote is expected.
The decision to establish the Musée d’Orsay in the decor of this old station built at the end of the 19th century was taken during his mandate, in 1977. It is in this museum that the French were able to come and sign a book of ‘gold in homage to “VGE” after his death on December 2 at the age of 94. The Musée de l’Orangerie which is associated with it is located nearby, on the other bank of the Seine.
The idea has already been mentioned by several political figures, including former minister Rachida Dati, LR mayor of the 7th arrondissement of Paris, and Valérie Pécresse, president of the Ile-de-France region.
The former president would thus join the other heads of state of the Fifth Republic who disappeared who left their name to a prestigious site in the capital: Charles de Gaulle (Place de l’Etoile and Roissy airport), Georges Pompidou (Center Beaubourg ), François Mitterrand (Grande Bibliothèque) and Jacques Chirac (quai Branly museum).
The Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot had mentioned in December “three possibilities” : add the name of the former president to that of the museum, baptize the esplanade which is next to his name, or baptize the large nave “nave Valéry Giscard d’Estaing”.
The Chained duck in early March echoed possible difficulties with the influential donors of the American Friends of the Musée d’Orsay (AFMO) to rename the site. Asked about this on Tuesday, deputy Pascal Brindeau, spokesperson for the UDI group, said that “we must ensure that all stakeholders are on the same wavelength “, considering however that “it is more a matter of consultation than a technical or legal difficulty”.