This term, which is rather new in the political vocabulary, finds its origin in its relation to globalization.
What is the cultural exception?
The cultural exception is a concept linked to globalization
Definition of the cultural exception:
The cultural exception is a political concept which makes the culture to each country an exception in international treaties,
in particular with the World Trade Organization (WTO).
The cultural exception is therefore linked to globalization.
Why the cultural exception?
Cultural exception and globalization:
Originally, the cultural exception comes from the fact that developing countries the possibility to impose customs duties to protect their own emerging culture protect their own emerging culture.
It is based on the consideration that the culture of a foreign country is accessible at such low prices that it would kill its own economy and its own culture that is just emerging (or in any case that would aggravate the difficulties of the country).
Thus, after the 1950s, some countries sought, for example, to and from the Hollywood cinema economy by instituting quotas.
French cultural exception
Definition of the French cultural exception:
The principle of French cultural exception, a slightly different concept,
is to assert the culture of France in front of foreign countries. This
policy of French cultural exception was notably thought by André Malraux when he was minister of the culture.
An example led in favor of a French cultural exception: the Centre
of the National Center for Cinematography levies a tax on cinema tickets, which it donates to the creation or dissemination of French culture.