France is a signatory to the World Heritage Convention adopted by UNESCO in 1972. 42 French properties are inscribed on the World Heritage List.
France is committed to preserve and highlight these properties, in particular with regard to their Outstanding Universal Value (VUE) and the criteria for the inscription of the sites on this list.
The RDCA assures notably preparation of periodic reports that the State must submit to the World Heritage Centre to assess the management and threats, proven or potential, weighing on the property.
The RDCA accompanies, advises and advises the new applications.
UDAP and MHRC assurethrough legislation on historic monuments and/or protected areas, permanent monitoring of World Heritage properties.
World Heritage properties are:
- The basilica and the hill of Vézelay, inscribed in 1979
- The Cistercian abbey of Fontenay in Marmagne, listed in 1981
- The Great Saline of Salins-les-Bains at the Royal Saline of Arc-et-Senans, listed in 1982
- Inscriptions under the Ways of Santiago de Compostela (1998):
- Priory Church of Our Lady of the Cross at Charité-sur-Loire
- Saint-Jacques d'Asquins Church
- Basilica of Saint Madeleine de Vézelay
- Inscriptions under the Fortifications of Vauban (2008):
- Fort Griffon in Besançon
- The urban area of Besançon
- The citadel of Besançon
- Inscriptions for the prehistoric Palafittic sites around the Alps (2011)
- The great lake of Clairvaux at Clairvaux-les-Lacs
- Western shore of Lake Chalain in Doucier, Fontenu and Marigny
- The climates of the Burgundy vineyard (2015)
- Inscription in title of the architectural work of La Corbusier, a contribution to the modern movement (2016): Notre-Dame du Haut de Ronchamp Chapel