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Law Protecting Artistic Freedom is Passed in France

Le Monde reports that a bill protecting artistic freedom was passed into law by France’s National Assembly on Monday night, despite speculation that conservative politicians would present a challenge.

The new law states that “artistic creation is free” and that it is the government’s responsibility to protect the freedom of artistic expression and dissemination. Summing up the potentially prickly legal language, Minister of Culture and Communication Fleur Pellerin said, “We must must ensure that art can continue to disturb.”