Through a wide range of international actions and cooperation, the Ministry of Culture pursues a single ambition: to promote a free and open cultural model, favouring the singularity and cultural diversity of creation. For this, it ensures the spread of French culture throughout the world, the reception of foreign cultures in France and thus participates in a true intercultural dialogue.
professionals from all continents have been received by the Ministry of Culture over the past 30 years as part of its professional seminars and hosting programs
countries have shared with France one of the Cultural Seasons organized over the past 30 years with the French Institute
French films were released abroad in 2018 on 5 continents
Promoting French language and culture within the European Union and in international bodies
The Ministry ensures the place given to culture, works and artists in all public policies of the European Union and participates in the construction of the EU’s cultural policy. The EU Digital Single Market Copyright Directive At the international level, France is taking an active part in multilateral fora such as UNESCO or the OIF.
Protecting and contributing to the diversity of cultural expressions
Within the framework of international free trade agreements, France was at the initiative of the principle ofcultural exception, essential to the protection of the diversity of cultural property, at the heart of the UNESCO Convention France was also one of the leading countries.
Fostering intercultural exchanges
The intercultural dialogue set up by the Ministry of Culture involves the reception and mobility of professionals, artists and foreign and French students. Cooperation between France and its foreign partners is encouraged. The organization of joint operations with countries around the world, like the Cultural seasons, allows the promotion and dissemination of foreign cultures in France. Other initiatives, such as the SGDL Grand Prize – Ministry of Culture for translation work created in 2018, contribute to this objective.
Sharing and enhancing French cultural expertise
The mission International cultural expertise the Ministry of Culture is the entry point for the request for expertise from foreign partners carrying out cultural development projects. Its role is then to provide tailored support through the mobilization of skills. The offers of expertise cover all fields of action of the ministry: heritage and museum fields, training of foreign professionals, cultural tourism, governance, regulatory framework, etc. This expertise is also being used by foreign governments in the context of bilateral twinning carried out by the European Union, with a view to contribute to the cultural development of neighbouring countries.