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article imageOp-Ed: Hollande scraps plans for national museum of French history

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By Katerina Nikolas
Jan 6, 2013 in Arts
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Paris - Plans for the €40 million Maison de l’Histoire de France in Paris were finally scrapped on December 31 by Francois Hollande's socialist government. The decision delighted many who believe France's rich history is too divisive.
Napoleon Bonaparte famously said "History is a set of lies that people have agreed upon." It turns out that the French can't actually agree on their history, as elaborate plans to establish a national museum of French history have been scrapped as too divisive.
The plans for the Maison de l’Histoire de France included a permanent centre and temporary exhibitions. The aim was to "bring an understanding of the history of France within the reach of all."
Oppostion to the museum was led by President Francois Holland who thought the country's history is too controversial to be celebrated in the era of the political correctness. According to the Daily Mail French historians are divided over how momentous events of French history reflect on the nation. Historian Pierre Nora denounced the "ideologically dubious character" of the project to create the museum.
Bonaparte is seen by some as a war-mongering figure to be ashamed of, rather than the hero he was perceived to be in his day. Fortunately the PC brigade have not insisted the Tomb of Napoleon is removed from the crypt the Eglise du Dome Church where many visitors flock annually.
Other divisive historical moments include the French Revolution of 1789 and the Vichy government's collaboration with Nazi Germany. History cannot be undone, but the socialist government would prefer it remains untouted.
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