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Published on March 19, 2010
Launch of the “LatitudeFrance” website – Statement by the Foreign and European Affairs Ministry Spokesman

Paris, March 18, 2010

The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs will officially launch the new website of the French network of cultural action and influence abroad, LatitudeFrance, on Friday, 19 March at 2.30 p.m., at the Convention Centre, in the presence of Secretary-General Pierre Sellal.

France’s global network of external action encompasses, in more than 160 countries, embassies, French cultural centres and Instituts français, Alliances françaises, French research institutes abroad, archaeological missions as well as agencies of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs: CulturesFrance, CampusFrance, French Development Agency, Ubifrance, Agency for French Teaching Abroad, Canal France International, France Coopération Internationale and Egide.

LatitudeFrance aims to promote, on the Internet, the attractiveness, diversity and complementary nature of France’s resources in terms of development assistance, decentralized cultural, economic, linguistic, university, intellectual, scientific and technical cooperation. This new tool supports the modernization of the working methods of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, and in particular the regrouping of the cultural institutions and services under a common identity.

Complementing the France Diplomatie site (, LatitudeFrance aims, through a news web magazine, to make projects carried out abroad more visible and understandable to the general public, media and French representatives.

The external action network organizes more than 50,000 events a year throughout the world, with the help of its local agencies and partners; it now provides a vibrant and practical overview of the range of its activities through the website.

At the launch of this website, Senator Yves Dauge, Alice Dautry, Director General of the Institut Pasteur, Muriel Mayette, Chief Administrator of the Comédie française, and Serge Michailof, Specialist Lecturer in Development, will talk about their own experiences in the network./.

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