On Europe 1, actor Philippe Torreton is delighted with the upcoming reopening of places of culture.

But he regrets the government's lack of imagination during this period of closure.

"A lot of actors and artists have proposed things, but we had the feeling that it did not interest anyone in high places," he laments. 


The date is eagerly awaited by professionals in the sector.

After long months of closure due to the coronavirus epidemic, places of cultivation, including theaters and cinemas, will finally be able to reopen from May 19, with however adapted gauges and protocols.

"It was about time", reacts on Europe 1 the actor and author Philippe Torreton, who regrets that during this period, the government did not show more imagination to allow the world of the spectacle to continue to be able to work. 


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Professionals "were not resigned"

This reopening is "a relief", confides Philippe Torreton.

"But it happens at the end of the season, so for many it poses more problems than it solves."

The real reopening, adds the actor, "will be at the start of the school year, if we are sufficiently vaccinated and we do not have a variant that would slow down our outbursts of freedom". 

During these long months of closure, the professionals of the sector "were not resigned", insists the guest of Europe 1. "During this period, the profession worked, proposed things."

But, he regrets, "the government did not relay everything that was happening in the territory". 

"A vacuum of cultural thought at the state level"

"Many actors and artists have proposed things, but we had the feeling that it did not interest anyone in high places", still deplores Philippe Torreton, for whom this period could have been "a unique opportunity to offer culture where it has difficulty entering ", especially in schools or nursing homes. 


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If he does not want to overwhelm the Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot, the actor believes, however, that "other people would have had much more imagination".

"We could have tested things, perpetuated meetings in schools, etc."

And to conclude "There is a vacuum of cultural thought at the level of the State which amazes me".