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Délégation générale à la langue française et aux langues de France




Foundation Date

June 2nd, 1989

Type of institution

Central administration

Parent body

Ministry of Culture and Communication


French language, regional languages and languages of immigrant minorities


The mission of the General Delegation is to improve the use of the French language in France, to assist its lexical enrichment, to watch over its use as an international working language, and to promote multilinguism as a key to cultural diversity.
Its responsibility is also to protect and increase the status of the various languages spoken in France by producing a co-ordinated policy.
It acts as secretary to the Conseil supérieur de la langue française (CSLF), to the Commission générale de terminologie et de néologie (COGETER) and to the Comité d’orientation pour la simplification du langage administratif (COSLA).

Responsible person

Délégué général [Delegate General] : Bernard Cerquiglini.
Délégué général adjoint [Deputy Delegate General ] : Abraham Bengio
Chef de la mission emploi et diffusion de la langue française [Chief of the Department of use and promotion of the French language] : Jean-François Baldi

Number of staff

35 agents
Direction: 3 agents
Department of communication: 3 agents
General and financial administration bureau: 6 agents
Documentation service: 3 agents
Department of use and promotion of the French language: 4 agents
Department of command of language, literacy and regional projects: 4 agents
Department of languages spoken in France: 5 agents
Department of enrichment of French language: 7 agents

Periodicals and serial publications

Annual report to Parliament on the use of the French language
Concise report on the use of the French language
Presentation pamphlet of the Délégation générale
Langues et Cités, termly bulletin of the Observatory of linguistic practices
Concise report on enrichment of the French language
Terminological repertory with various lists of specialised vocabularies


Postal address: 6 rue des Pyramides 75001 Paris
Tél. secrétariat: (0033) (0)1 40 15 36 70
Tél. documentation service: (0033) (0)1 40 15 36 87
Fax. 01 40 15 36 76

Languages in which the organisation is able to communicate actively

Danish, English, French, German, Italian, Occitan, Polish, Spanish

Other languages in which the institution is able to receive communications

Portuguese, Norvegian, Swedish

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