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French Academy

The French Academy is the historical institute that watches over all matters related to the French language. Today it is a division of the Institut de France.

It consists of 40 members, known informally as "the immortals", because the position is for life. Once one dies, the others meet in council to choose the new immortal. They are great personalities, whether writers, philosophers or journalists. The Academy officially began in 1635 by Cardinal Richelieu, the chief minister of King Louis XIII.

Being the official authority of the French, is responsible for publishing an official dictionary of the language.



Inside is the Richelieu library, one of the oldest public libraries in Paris. Admission is free for visitors and is a temple to French culture.

Pratical Information


Saint Germain-des-Près (Line 4)
23, Quai de Conti, 75270 Paris