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French Internet resources

A collection of links to French and France-related internet resources, compiled by the British Library.

General | French government Internet resources | French library Internet resources | E-texts


Institut Français / French Institute

French Studies gateway at Intute
web resources for the study of the French language, literature written in French, or the history and culture of France. Each resource has been evaluated and categorised by subject specialists based at UK universities.

France in London

West European Studies section of the Association of College and Research Libraries,
a division of the American Library Association

The publishers of the annual Quid host a site which is a mine of information on France, including overseas territories. Includes historical and geographical information on 36,551 communes de France.

Agence France-Presse
Gives up to the minute news.

Académie française
Gives biographies of present and past academicians.

 French government Internet resources

Gateway to French government and administration sites and the rights of the French citizen.

The French National Assembly
History, deputies, services, latest sessions and reports. The constitution and some information is in English.

The French Senate
Information on the second parliamentary chamber.

Journal officiel
This site includes current Parliamentary papers and reports.

Documentation française
The site for French official publications. The complete texts of two years of official reports are provided, with some reports in English.

INSEE, the Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques
Statistics and information on regional centres. National accounts and a statistical overview of France are on the English version.

Ministry of culture
This site has many links to cultural institutions (Ressources culturelles), and to Joconde, the art database, and Museofile, for information on French museums. English version

 French library Internet resources

Bibliothèque nationale de France
The catalogues of the French national library, a guide to its resources, and 1,700 links to other libraries and reference tools under the heading Les signets de la Bibliothèque. There is also access to Gallica, which provides digitised texts which are out of copyright.

Catalogue collectif de France
Includes a directory of contributing libraries, the retro-converted catalogues from 55 municipal and 7 special libraries, consisting of mainly pre-1811 material but also some local holdings, BN Opale Plus (the main printed books catalogue of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France), a directory of contributing libraries, and the Système Universitaire de Documentation (universities' union catalogue) useful for tracing periodicals as well as books.

Bibliothèque publique d'information

Bibliothèque du film

The Institut de l'information scientifique et technique (INIST)
The centre for scientific information and inter-lending. Six million articles, books and conferences are indexed on its site.

Centre national de la recherche scientifique
Gives information on scholarship in France and has some English content.


Association des bibliophiles universels
This includes a tool for searching for quotations.

ClicNet: Littérature francophone virtuelle
Contains texts (some are extracts only) created by Clicnet and also many links to texts created on other sites.

Gallica (Bibliothèque nationale de France)
The site gives access to the digitised holdings of the Bibliothèque nationale de France from the Middle Ages through to the early 20th century together with works from other French libraries, museums and organisations.

Poésie française
This site hosted by Webnet offers more than 4400 French-language poems from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century. Search by author, title, country, century or keyword.
Recent issues of a number of humanities and social science journals



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