France Sells Out Its Culture for Cash

France teeters on the edge of financial bankruptcy. To bring some money into the nation’s coffers, French authorities sometimes compromise their principles, jeopardizing the prestige and reputation of hallowed French institutions.

This is exactly what France has done — not once, but twice — by aligning itself with the United Arab Emirates, and allowing the Gulf state to open the Abu Dhabi Sorbonne in 2006, and the Abu Dhabi Louvre in November 2017.

The reputation of these institutions — the Sorbonne and the Louvre — is firmly established, and conveys a sense of legitimacy to everything affiliated with them.