French and Francophone
1. French Resources in Metropolitan France
1.2 cultural institutions
Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication
On this site information about cinematic data bases, the French language, museums, music, theatre, dance and culture is available. Access is free of charge.
One of the oldest institutions of French culture, the role of the Académie française is to maintain the standards of the French language and to support and promote French literature. Their website also functions as a portal to publishers and further French cultural institutions:
- Académie des beaux arts
- Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres
- Académie des Sciences
- Académie des sciences morales et politiques
- Agence nationale pour la Francophonie
- Bibliothèque Mazarine
- Délégation générale à la langue française
- Institut de Linguistique Française
- Institut de France
CIEP: Centre national d'études pédagogiques
On this site you can go on a 'tour' of the French language. Access is free of charge.
CIEF: Centre International d'Etudes Francophones - Sorbonne
This research centre of the Sorbonne is dedicated to Francophone literature.
CNC: Centre national de la cinématographie
This governmental institution is responsible for supporting, administrating and distributing French film and multimedia.
The Centre national d'art et de culture Georges Pompidou was the brainchild of President Georges Pompidou who wanted to create an original cultural institution in the heart of Paris completely focused on modern and contemporary creation, where the visual arts would rub shoulders with theatre, music, cinema, literature and the spoken word. The Bibliothèque Publique d'Information of the Centre holds extensive collections on modern art and culture.