World Wide Diplomatic Archives Index: France
Researchers may consult most public documents in the archives of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs after a period of 25 years under the provisions of the archives law of July 15, 2008 (law no. 2008-696). However, certain categories of documents remain closed for a longer period, and others cannot be consulted at all. Under certain conditions, a researcher may request and receive authorization to consult documents that still remain closed.
The diplomatic archives may be consulted at two sites: the Centre des archives diplomatiques de La Courneuve (3, rue Suzanne-Masson, 93120 La Courneuve) and the Centre des archives diplomatiques de Nantes (17 rue de Casterneau, 44000 Nantes).
A researcher who wishes to conduct research in the Diplomatic Archives may apply for a reader’s card after presenting official proof of identity. For further details, see the archives website.