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French and Francophone thought and knowledge

The Institut français makes sure French voices are heard as part of debates taking place in societies around the world, relying on the close link between human and social sciences, public debate and scientific culture.

The Institut français promotes French intellectual production addressing major global issues and social questions and supports French research in the human and social sciences, drawing on the French cultural network and its major academic partners in France and abroad.


The Institut français also encourages new styles of discussion, such as La Nuit des idées (“Night of Ideas”), which takes place simultaneously at many locations associated with culture and knowledge in France and abroad and is designed to celebrate the free circulation of ideas through debates, meetings, performances, etc.