French Wikipedia - Bienvenue sur Wikipédia
French language version of Wikipedia has over 1.2 million entries and continues to grow.

Search Engine Colossus - France
Links to primary France -- in French and English -- search engines and gateways.

Oxford University Language Center - French Links
Impressive collection of links to language, media, culture, and Literature resources. And there's a lot more!

DMOZ Open Directory - France
Large link collection, includes links to Interactive Portals, Music and Art, Country/Regions, etc

Yahoo Regional Countries Links - France
Excellent Yahoo search engine links for everything from Arts and Humanities to Travel and more.

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Professional Organizations, Online Journals and Library Consortia

American Association of Teachers of French
“The American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) was founded in 1927 and is the largest national association of French teachers in the world with nearly 10,000 members.”

Alliances Françaises USA
“The Alliance Française existed in the United States before independentlyoperating chapters formed the Federation of Alliances Françaises headquartered in Washington D.C. in 1902. There are 141 chapters.”

Ideas for French Language and Cultural Advocacy in the U.S.
Important collection of organizational links from "Official Web Site of the AATF Commission on Advocacy. General Promotion & Advocacy for French Language & Culture .”

MERLIN - Media Resources for Language Instruction
“Project MERLIN provides a link between Alliance Française language classes and media libraries. Places the Library as a central factor in the language-learning process. Promotes usage of the library by students and members. Will help librarians/staff build a Centre de Ressources FLE for your students. Encourages librarians to be a part of the language learning process as a coach, cultural agent and teacher in their own right. Unites the library and the school for the service of students and teachers.”

French Review
“The FRENCH REVIEW is the official journal of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) and has the largest circulation of any scholarly journal of French and Francophone studies in the world.”

Bibliothèque nationale de France
Website and online catalog of the National Library of France.

WESSWeb - French Literature, Linguistics & Culture
Online text collections in Western European Literature. (Also noted below in Culture Section.)

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French Language

Académie française
Main page of French Academy, the preeminent learned body on matters pertaining to the French language; established in 1635 as the official authority on the usages, vocabulary, and grammar of the French Language (see: La langue française ), it also is charged with publishing an official dictionary of the French language (see: Le dictionnaire).

Académie française - Wikipedia
WIkipedia article on French Academy.

French language- Wikipedia
Main WIkipedia article on French language.

French Grammar- Wikipedia
Main WIkipedia article on Standard French.

Tex's French Grammar
"Welcome to Tex's French Grammar (la grammaire de l'absurde), a pedagogical reference grammar that combines explanations with surreal dialogues and cartoon images. Originally built for students at the University of Texas at Austin as a user-friendly guide to French grammar, this web site may be profitably used by any learner of French, provided he or she possess a sense of humor."

Close to 120 lessons and exercises in Reading and Listening from the people who bring you the DLPT5 exam.

Free Online French Courses
There are 4 online French Language courses offered free by top universities including Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

French Language Links
From the University of Sussex Centre for Language Studies. Very strong in teaching resources.

French Language Sites
An impressive selection of sites and materials from CALL@Hull, a collection of online Communications and Information Technology (C&IT) resources for teachers and learners of languages in higher education.

French Language Resources
From the University of London, School of Languages, Linguistics and Film, Mulitmedia Language Resource Center - enough said!

MERLOT - French Learning Materials
MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) peer reviewed French language resources.

Martindale's Language Center: French Language Courses, Lessons and Working Aids
Huge portal for French online resources from basic language and online dictionaries to Old French and modern dialect materials.

Open Courseware Consortium - French Language Courses
The OpenCourseWare Consortium is a worldwide community of hundreds of higher education institutions and associated organizations committed to advancing OpenCourseWare and its impact on global education. Current selection is result of search on "French language" and offers courses in reading and listening; different searches will result in additional materials.

French Television Online
YouTube presentations; also explore surrounding links.

Online French Language Lessons
Numerous online French language courses and lessons available on YouTube.

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Online Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Lexilogos - Dictionnaires thématiques
Links to numerous online French language dictionaries organized by subjects.

Your Dictionary - Romance Languages
Scroll down to the French selection of this major online dictionary portal and find and impressive selection of General and Specialtyonline dictionaries.

Lexilogos - Encyclopédie
Links to numerous online French language encyclopedias.

French Wikipedia - Bienvenue sur Wikipédia
French language version of Wikipedia has over 1.2 million entries and continues to grow.

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France - Online Media and News

Kidon Media-Link: France
Links to French and English online newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations from this giant news. - France

Solid selection of online national newspapers.

TV Streaming from France
Links to numerous live TV stations.

Radio Stations World - France
Links to both national radio networks and news agencies.

Yahoo! News - France
Latest news in English from a variety of news sources.

SCOLA ia a leader in foreign language television news broadcasts. Schedule of broadcasts, insta-classes in some languages, and other useful information.
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Online Videos - Language, Music and Culture

Chanson Française – French Songs and Singers
It has been said that the best way to appreciate a culture and learn a language is through the popular music of a nation. Chanson Française is the typical style of French music. So pour yourself a cheap glass of Bordeaux, stick an unlit Gauloises in your mouth and link here to YouTube searches for songs by some of the most important artists, including Edith Piaf , Charles Aznavour , Barbara ( Monique Serf ), George Brassens , Gilbert Becaud , and Jacques Brel.

Video Searches

French Movies on YouTube
Search for "French movie" on YouTube yields numerous clips and trailers.

French Documentaries on YouTube
Search for "French documentary" on YouTube produced interesting selection.

French Music Videos on YouTube
Search for "French Music Video" on YouTube produced wide variety of choices from traditional to rock.

French Commercials on YouTube
Search for "French commercial" on YouTube yielded interesting results.

How French Learn English
Classic Steve Martin comedy scene turns tables on learning French.

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Digital Librarian - French Literature
"Over a period of six decades, Carlton Lake gathered together what has become the most extensive collection of modern French literary research materials."

WESSWeb - French Literature, Linguistics & Culture
Online text collections in Western European Literature. (Also noted above.)

French Literature - Wikipedia
Littérature française
Main Wikipedia articles on French Literature; English and French versions.

History of French Literature
From History World, a detailed outline from the 12th and 13th Centuries to Modern Age.

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France - History, Religion

Wikipedia - History of France
Detailed online history with numerous hyperlinks to important events, personalities and places.

History of France: Primary Documents
Part of EuroDocs project of online sources for European History at Brigham Young University.

French History Time-line 19th Century to Present
Timeline from Wikipedia from 1848 times into 21st Century, with links to major events and personages.

History of France
One of the better online histories from History World.

Wikipedia - France
Excellent online encyclopedia article covering geography, history, military, culture, etc. with links to Internet resources (also noted below).
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France - Government and Politics

Governments on the WWW - France
Includes links to National Institutions and Government sites including President and most Ministries; Embassies in foreign countries, Political Parties, etc.

Political Resources on the Net - France
Listings of political sites available on the Internet sorted by country, with links to Parties, Organizations, Governments, Media and more from all around the world.

Foreign and International Law - France
From the Washburn University School of Law Library, links to country sites for Constitutional Law, Government and Politics, Law and Legislation, Legislative Bodies, etc.

Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations
"Welcome to the Web page of the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations."

Europa: Gateway to the European Union - France
France has been a member of the EU since its inception.

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France - Country Studies

CIA World Factbook - France
Good resource site for information on Geography, People, Government, Economy, Communications, Transportation, Military, and Transnational Issues.

Library of Congress Country Profile - France
From the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress - a thorough and detailed country study.

BBC News Country Profiles - France
Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries; also biographic sketches of leaders, essay on media, and historic timelines. They also include audio and video clips from the BBC archives.

Wikipedia - France
Excellent online encyclopedia article covering geography, history, military, culture, etc. with links to Internet resources (also noted above).

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France - Country Analyses

U.S. Department of State Background Notes - France
Background Notes are updated/revised as they are received from regional bureaus and are added to the database of the Department of State web site. Categories include: Geography, People, History, Government, Political Conditions, Economy, Defense, Foreign Relations, U.S. Relations, and Travel/Business.

The International Monetary Fund and France
Latest developments in Peace and Security, Economic Development, Humanitarian Aid/Refugees, Environment/Shelter, Human Rights, Women/Children/Population, Health/Poverty/Food Security, Culture/Education.

The World Bank Group - France
WBG Activities in France, with additional related links.

World Trade Organization - France
"The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world?s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business."

Energy Information Administration Country Analysis Briefs - France
"The Energy Information Administration (EIA), created by Congress in 1977, the a statistical agency of the U.S. Department of Energy. We provide policy-independent data, forecasts, and analysis to promote sound policy making efficient markets and public understanding regarding energy and its interaction with the economy and environment."

World Health Organization - France 
About WHO" "The World Health Organization, the United Nations specialized agency for health, was established on 7 April 1948. WHO's objective, as set out in its Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. Health is defined in WHO's Constitution as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."

International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies - France
The world's largest humanitarian network with nearly 100 million members, volunteers and supporters in 186 National Societies.

Amnesty International - France
Amnesty International is a champion defender of human rights worldwide. Familiarity with a given country's human rights issues can provide a unique insight into many other aspects of its culture and politics.

Human Rights Watch - France
Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world.
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In-country Universities, and Programs and Centers of Study

Universities in France
Discusses education system and admissions; plus extensive list and links to public and private universities and colleges in France by regions.

Colleges and Universities in France
Basic list with links to national and private universities.

Universities in France
By 2011 University Web Ranking.

Rankings of U.S. Graduate Programs: French and Francophone Language and Literature
Top 43 French and Francophone Language and Literature graduate programs in the US using the latest National Research Council data.

For important U.S. Academic Centers, see Google search results: "Center for French and Francophone Studies"

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France - Travel Guides

Wikitravel - France
Wikitravel - by the people, for the people. Wikitravel is a project to create a free, complete, up-to-date, and reliable world-wide travel guide.

Lonely Planet - France
By the good people at Lonely Planet, for the good people of the world.

Yahoo Travel Guide - France
Includes links to history, basics, transportation, dining, shopping and climate.

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