After taking note of the opinion of the experts of the Committee of French World Heritage Properties, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing and Fréderic Mitterrand, Minister of Culture and Communication, have decided to propose two dossiers, on behalf of France, to be inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage:

The Chauvet-Pont d'Arc cave in Ardèche, one of the most remarkable and fascinating examples of wall art, is one of the cultural properties. It is the best preserved and most abundant heritage of the Aurignacian era, dating back 36,000 years in real years. Its striking state of freshness and the thousands of parietal representations recorded make this cavity which develops over 400 m, for an area of 8,500 m², the support of the first major artistic event known to date, highlighted by Werner Herzog’s recent film.

- In terms of cultural landscapes, the «Climats du vignoble de Bourgogne» with their enclosures, their murgers, their characteristic building, associated with the towns of Dijon and Beaune. The result of the centuries-old work of men who built a meticulous plot, inscribed in a history shaped by political and religious institutions (Palais ducal de Dijon, Hospice de Beaune), this vineyard translates into a large number of places-the boundaries of which are materialized by walls of a rare landscape quality. The prestige, diversity and finesse of the wines ensure the radiance of French landscapes and art de vivre throughout the world.

The Ministers wish to underline the quality of the project for the listing of the volcanic complex of the Chain of Puys and the Limagne fault as a natural property, which can be presented as soon as possible. In terms of cultural landscapes the quality of the candidacy of the Coteaux, houses and cellars of champagne must also be emphasized. The ministers hope that the work undertaken before the French Goods Committee will continue quickly.

The ministers want to mention the indispensable role of project promoters, local actors and local authorities in the construction of these projects that the State has accompanied and will continue to support in the future.