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Legal information and Picture credits

The photographs and videos on this site are taken from various sources. Unless otherwise stated, they come from the photographic and audiovisual production unit of the Consulate General of France in Miami, the Embassy of France in the US or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development.

Before reproducing any content (graphics, photos and videos), contact us.

Reproduction rights

In accordance with public intellectual property law, in particular Article L. 122-5 of the French Intellectual Property Code, there is no restriction on the reuse of "official documents":

  • statements, speeches, press packs and communiqués;
  • circulars, guidelines and other regulatory documents;
  • CERFA administrative forms.

As a matter of etiquette, however, any partial or complete reproduction of such content should clearly state the author’s name, the source and, where relevant, include a link to the original online document on the Consulate’s website.

All other content on the Consulate’s website is covered by copyright. Any reproduction is therefore subject to the author’s consent in accordance with Article
L. 122-4 of the French Intellectual Property Code

This applies in particular to texts prepared by the Consulate’s staff in order to provide the French and foreign public, via the internet, with information about the Consulate’s activities.
Such content may not be freely reproduced without first obtaining permission and without stating the source.

Such information may be reused for non-commercial, and especially educational, purposes provided that the integrity of the information is respected, that its meaning, scope or application is not changed in any way, and that the origin and date of publication are specified.

Such information may not be used for commercial or promotional purposes without express permission and without obtaining a licence to reuse public information.

The use of public information to create a product or service intended to be made available to third parties, free of charge or for valuable consideration, is deemed to constitute reuse for commercial or promotional purposes.

Requests for permission to reproduce content should be sent to the Consulate website’s editors by e-mail to the Public Affairs and Press Department.

Reproduction for commercial or advertising purposes will not be permitted.

Any public or private website may, without prior permission, establish a link to redirect to the consulate website (

For websites, the authorized reproduction of content must very clearly state the document’s origin in the form of an internet address:

The words "All rights reserved" should be added at the bottom of each page.

Even with prior approval, websites that choose to redirect to the Consulate’s website may be held liable if they harm the image of the public website.

Hyperlinks on the Consulate’s website

Many links to other sites, private or official, French or foreign, are proposed.
The Consulate does not, by the fact of their presence, incur any liability for their content.

Their only purpose is to make it easier for internet users to find other documentary
resources on the subject consulted.

Writing to the Public Affairs and Press Department

It is possible to send comments or suggestions to the Public Affairs and Press Department. It will endeavour to take them into account but cannot reply to specific requests or requests that concern matters other than the strict administrative or technical management of the website.

Site design and management

The Consulate’s website publishes information generated by all its
departments and by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development.
The site has been developed with SPIP, open source software under the GNU/GPL licence.

What is an RSS feed?

RSS is an internet content syndication format.
Syndication is a way of exchanging information (text, links, images) between websites, which are automatically updated.
In particular, it allows a website to display information from another site while keeping its own layout and graphic style.

Whether you are a webmaster or a user of information aggregation software, the site offers you a free RSS feed containing the latest news published on the homepage.

Each link proposed gives the date and time of publication, the title of the document and a short summary where available.

To retrieve the RSS feed, click at the bottom of the website page.
An acronym for Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication, RSS is based on the XML standard.
All RSS files must comply with the XML 1.0 specification published on the website of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).


The Consulate’s website has been developed in accordance with French government accessibility guidelines (Référentiel Général d’Accéssiblité des Administrations, RGAA) and W3C standards.
The site is compatible with all available browsers and is accessible to all, except in the event of force majeure.

We are committed to constantly improving the accessibility of our content to ensure access to the information on the website, especially with regard to "mobility" aspects.


The information on this site is provided as a public service. Despite all the care taken in transcribing official texts and verifying content and information, the information placed online does not in any way claim to be exact and the Consulate general of France in Miami incurs no liability for it.

The information and/or documents available on this site may be amended at any time and may be updated.

The Consulate may not under any circumstances be held liable for any damage whatsoever arising from the interpretation or use of information and/or documents available on this site.

Governing law

Wherever it may be used, this website is governed by French law. In the event of any dispute, and if all attempts to reach an amicable solution fail, the French courts alone shall have jurisdiction.

If you have any questions concerning these terms of use, you can write at the following address:

Ministère des Affaires Étrangères et du Développement International
Direction de la Communication et de la Presse
Pôle web
37, quai d’Orsay
75007 PARIS

Last modified on 14/06/2017

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