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

SchoolUniversité de Paris 8. UFR de Langues, Sociétés, Cultures étrangères, Département LEA Traduction
SchoolUniversité de Paris 3. UFR des Langues étrangères appliquées
SchoolUniversité Catholique de Lyon, Ecole Supérieure de Traduction et Relations Internationales
SchoolUniversité Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 - UFR 2 Langues et Cultures Étrangères et Régionales
SchoolCentre de Traduction, Interprétation et Médiation Linguistique
SchoolUniversité de Perpignan - Via Domitia
SchoolUniversité Lumière Lyon 2
SchoolUniversité de Bretagne Occidentale
SchoolUniversite de Rennes 1 - Faculte de droit et de science politique
SchoolUniversité de Paris 7 - Denis Diderot, UFR d'Etudes Anglophones

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Upcoming and past events in France

Powwow France - France Apr 23, 2020
Powwow France - La Rochelle Jan 25, 2020
Powwow France - Bordeaux Dec 16, 2019
Powwow France - Paris Oct 15, 2019
Powwow France - Strasbourg Sep 30, 2019
Powwow France - Bordeaux Sep 27, 2019
Powwow France - Strasbourg Apr 4, 2019
Powwow France - La Rochelle Feb 1, 2019
Powwow France - Bordeaux Dec 7, 2018
Powwow France - Belfort Oct 25, 2018

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