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Translation in France has long tradition due to the history of the country and of the French language and the crossroads position of France. With globalization and the generalisation of the English language, France has one strength: The Académie française, a language protection institution unique to France.

However, French translators face a lack of regulation of the industry. Nowadays in France, anyone can declare themselves *a professional translator*. The majority remains certified and trained translators (background translators or former specialists who went into translation) - a lot of French universities offer MA-degree courses, and there are 5 professional translations colleges.

The Toubon Act is a French specificity - it aims at protecting the French linguistic heirloom by requiring that legal documents, advertising, products presentations, user manuals, etc. be translated into French. This law guarantess a constant volume of translation work for local translators.

The main translators organization in France is the SFT (Société française des traducteurs). Its members enjoy legal help and consult, and guidance in the French administrative and fiscal jungle.

The French community is active and varied. A lot of powwows, training sessions and conferences take place every year in France. It is actually the record-holder country for conferences, with 3 events 3 years in a row, every year with the same success.

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Translation associations and schools in France

SchoolUniversité Paul Valéry - Montpellier 3, UFR Langues romanes et de la méditerranée
SchoolCentre de Traduction, Interprétation et Médiation Linguistique
SchoolUniversité de Strasbourg - Institut de Traducteurs, d’Interprètes et de Relations Internationales
SchoolUniversité Blaise Pascal (Clermont-Ferrand II)
SchoolUniversité Haute Bretagne Rennes II
SchoolUniversité de Nice - Sophia Antipolis. Faculté des Lettres, Arts et Sciences humaines
SchoolUniversité de Haute Bretagne - Rennes 2, UFR Langues, Département de Langues étrangères appliquées (LEA)
SchoolUniversité de Bretagne Occidentale
SchoolUniversité Catholique de Lyon, Ecole Supérieure de Traduction et Relations Internationales
AssociationAssociation des traducteurs litt�raires de France

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Upcoming and past events in France

Powwow France - Périgueux Nov 9
Powwow France - Strasbourg Oct 4
Powwow France - Villefranche-sur-Saône Oct 1
Powwow France - Nantes Sep 30
Powwow France - Tiffauges, Vendée Sep 17
Powwow France - Bordeaux Sep 9
Powwow France - Bordeaux Aug 25
Powwow France - Marseille Aug 25
Powwow France - Lyon Jul 22
Powwow France - Bordeaux Jun 17

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