Translation in France

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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

SchoolMinistère de l'Education Nationale
SchoolUniversité de Lille 3 / Université Charles de Gaulle - Lille 3. Faculté des Sciences humaines, Lettres et Arts.
SchoolUniversité de Paris 3, UFR du Monde anglophone
SchoolUniversité de Toulouse II - Jean Jaurès (previously Le Mirail)
SchoolAix-Marseille University
AssociationAPROTRAD, Association Professionnelle des métiers de la Traduction
SchoolUniversité de Haute Bretagne - Rennes 2, UFR Langues, Département de Langues étrangères appliquées (LEA)
AssociationAssociation des traducteurs litt�raires de France
SchoolUniversité Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 - UFR 2 Langues et Cultures Étrangères et Régionales
SchoolUniversité d'Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse

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Upcoming and past events in France

Powwow France - Strasbourg Feb 20
Powwow France - Bordeaux Jan 19
Powwow France - Dieulefit Dec 10, 2017
Powwow France - Nice Sep 30, 2017
Powwow France - Strasbourg Sep 29, 2017
Powwow France - Montelimar Aug 27, 2017
Powwow France - Rodez Jun 24, 2017
Powwow France - Nantes Mar 31, 2017
Powwow France - Bordeaux Mar 17, 2017
Powwow France - Périgueux Mar 11, 2017

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Recent discussions in forums relevant to France

-Agrément RGPD
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-Exercer son activité de traducteur depuis son domicile (en soirée) / question d'ordre juridique
-Travailler avec une agence de traduction (quelques questions)
-Paiements en droits d'auteur autant que auto-entrepreneur
-La post-édition (Machine translation Post-Editing)
-Satisfaction client, conditions générales de vente...
-Devenir traducteur?

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