Terms of service

The « institutfrancais.com » portal constitutes the public legal offering of the Institut français.

It contains information about its actions and news, along with news about the diplomatic cultural network abroad and its partners.

Any person who accesses the website or any of the editorial products or associated services accepts agrees to comply, without restriction or reservation, with the general terms and conditions of use in force.

1. Purpose

The purpose of these General Terms and Conditions of Use is to define the procedures for accessing and re-using the content and data present on the website.


2. Warning

The applicable General Terms and Conditions of Use are those that are accessible online on the date the user logs in.

The Institut français reserves the right to make substantial or non-substantial changes to these General Terms and Conditions of Use at any time and without prior notice. Users are therefore recommended to refer regularly to these General Terms and Conditions of Use to keep themselves informed of any changes to them.


3. Copyright and reproduction rights


3.1 General structure of the website

The general structure of the website is the exclusive property of the Institut français.


3.2 Brands

The brands of the Institut français and its partners, as well as any logos shown on the site are trademarks that are registered with the INPI and are, in this respect, protected by an industrial property right.

Any reproduction in whole or in part of these brands or logos made from the elements of the site without the express authorisation of the Institut français is therefore strictly prohibited and constitutes a counterfeiting offence within the meaning of the intellectual property code.


3.3 Content

All elements appearing on the website www.institutfrancais.com (texts, drawings, programmes, photographs, names, logos, etc.) are protected by the provisions of the French Intellectual Property Code. Outside France, these elements benefit from copyright protection in all the states that have signed the Berne Convention.

In accordance with the French Intellectual Property Code, any reproduction, representation, modification, adaptation, distribution and/or translation of any part of the institutfrancais.com website, in whole or in part, on any medium whatsoever (electronic, paper, etc.) is prohibited without the express prior authorisation of the Institut français.


Rights to reproduce public or official documents:

In accordance with public intellectual property law and in particular Article L122-5 of the Intellectual Property Code, "official documents" are freely re-usable:

- press kits and press releases

Non-commercial re-use, and in particular educational re-use, is authorised on the condition that the integrity of the information is respected and that the meaning, scope or application are not altered and that its origin and date of publication are specified.

Information may not be used for commercial or promotional purposes without express permission to re-use public information.

Re-use for commercial or promotional purposes means the development, based on publicly-available information, of a product or service intended to be made available to third parties, whether free of charge or for consideration.

Request for permission to reproduce content

Requests for permission must be sent to: info@institutfrancais.com

All requests must specify the content as well as the publication or site on which such content will appear. Once such permission has been granted, the reproduction of content must comply with the following principles:

- free distribution;

- respect for the integrity of the documents reproduced (no modification or alteration of any kind);

- mandatory inclusion: "© http://www.institutfrancais.com - rights reserved". This wording shall point via a hypertext link directly to the content.


3.4 Translation

Most of the content of the institutfrancais.com website has been translated into English. Welcome websites presenting the Institut français are available in German, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian. (add links)


3.5 Hyperlinks

The Institut français website can provide hypertext links pointing to websites published by third parties and references to other websites. These links or references do not constitute approval or validation of their content. The Institut français may under no circumstances be held responsible for the content of said sites and shall not be held liable for any damage or loss resulting therefrom. The fact of offering hyperlinks to other sites provided to users solely for convenience does not, in this respect, result in any obligation of any kind whatsoever for the Institut français, which does not have any means of control and monitoring of the referenced site, or its changes and updates.

The creation of hyperlinks to the website of the Institut français is free, provided that it does not harm the material or moral interests of the Institut français and does not create any confusion about the source of the services and/or content.


3.6 Accessibility

A site accessible according to the recommendations of the Référentiel général d’accessibilité des administrations (RGAA) and the W3C standards will soon be available. This site will be compatible with all available browsers. It will be accessible to all, except in an event of force majeure.



4. Personal data


4.1 Protecting and processing personal data

Users’ personal data – such as IP address, operating system, browser and configuration etc. – may be collected when browsing the website.

Such personal data are intended solely to enable the proper functioning and dynamics of the website. In this respect, they shall under no circumstances be transferred, leased or exchanged for any consideration whatsoever and shall under no circumstances be made visible on the site or communicated to a third party.

The Institut français undertakes to implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to protect these personal data, in particular against unauthorised alteration, dissemination or access, and to preserve their total confidentiality.

The Institut français also undertakes to retain personal data for a period not exceeding that required for the purpose for which they were collected.

Pursuant to Articles 38, 39 and 40 of law no. 78-17 of 6 January 1978 as amended, you have, free of charge, the right to access, correct and object to data concerning you or any deceased persons for whom you are the successors.

If you wish to exercise this right, please contact the website’s editorial staff by email at info@institutfrancais.com or by post, providing proof of identity, at the following address: Institut français, 40 rue de la Folie-Regnault 75011 Paris (France).


4.2 Cookie Policy

Users are informed that by continuing to browse the website, they accept the use of cookies intended to offer them content and services adapted to their areas of interest.

A cookie is a block of data that does not allow users to be identified, but is used to record information about their browsing on the site.

Users may disable these cookies by means of the settings in their browser software and possibly refuse them as described at www.cnil.fr

The user has all the aforementioned rights with regard to personal data communicated via cookies under the conditions indicated above.


4.3 Social Media

As part of the sharing of its contents on social networks, the site https://www.if.institutfrancais.com/ uses the APIs of several of them. The User acknowledges having read the Terms of Service of YouTube, Facebook, Google and Twitter


5. Comments on website content and moderation

Not all content available and accessible on the website is open to comments. Comments may be moderated a priori. However, the website publisher reserves the right, automatically and without prior justification, to not publish, to moderate, to edit or to delete comments.


6. Accountability and errors

The information displayed on the website is given for information purposes only. It can be modified at any time without notice.

The Institut français may not be held liable for direct and indirect, foreseeable and unforeseeable damage such as loss of gains or profits, loss of data, loss of equipment as well as repair, recovery or reproduction costs resulting from the use and/or impossibility of using the services and content of the site.

Despite the care and checks carried out by the website editorial team, the site may still have unintentional errors or omissions.


7. Governing law and competent jurisdiction

These General Terms and Conditions of Use are subject in their entirety to French law. The website user acknowledges the exclusive jurisdiction of the competent courts of Paris.