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The founding members

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The management board of the First World War Centenary Partnership Program is made up of sixteen founding members: seven ministries, six public institutions, two associations and one mutual insurance and savings company.


Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The ministry of Foreign Affairs has several roles: to develop and implement French foreign policy: to provide assistance to the two million French nationals living abroad;  to defend and promote the political and economic interests of France on the international stage;  to encourage its cultural and scientific influence and to conduct cooperation activities.


Ministry of Education

The Ministry of Education runs the French educational system. School is an experience that all children go through, in total some 12 million pupils from nursery to senior school. The education system employs more than 850,000 teachers whose job is to impart knowledge, expertise and values essential for society to function properly. The ministry develops educational policies and implements them nationwide as part of the general framework set by law, which specifies the fundamental principles of education. It is represented in every region and département: the decentralised departments consist of 30 academies and 97 département branches of the Ministry of Education. Its ultimate aim is to allow every pupil to succeed, which involves acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary for life as an adult, a professional person and a citizen.


Ministry of the Interior

For the last two centuries, the Ministry of the Interior has occupied a central role in the running of France:  it is responsible for ensuring the maintenance and cohesion of state institutions throughout the country. Its organisational structure, its human and material resources provide the State with the special powers which allow it to guarantee citizens their rights, duties and freedoms which are set out within the Constitution of the 5th Republic. It administers the country through a network of  prefectures, and uses the National Gendarmerie, National Police Service and Civil Defence to guarantee the security of citizens and assets.


Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defence is responsible for protecting France, its population and French interests. It also fulfils other roles under the terms of accords and treaties agreed internationally (NATO) or regionally (European defence). The Ministry of Defence is also involved in public service missions. Its human and material resources support or replace the work of other ministries, on a daily basis or in cases of emergency, at home and abroad.


Ministry of Culture and Communication

The Ministry of Culture and Communication has as its job that of making the major works of humanity and above all French works, accessible to as many as people as possible. To this end, it spearheads the policies for safeguarding, protecting and showcasing every aspect to the nation’s cultural heritage, it encourages the creation of arts of work and the spirit and development of artistic practices and teachings.


Ministry of Higher Education and Research

The Ministry of Higher Education and Research has a strategic role in respect of anticipating, suggesting changes, and of determining the priorities in the fields of research, technology, space and higher education. The  “Conference on higher education and research”  which took place in the second half of 2012, drew attention to the necessary changes to the higher education and research system. These changes will be incorporated within a law which will be voted on in the spring of 2013.


Ministry for Artisanal Handicraft and Tourism

The Ministry for Artisanal Crafts, Trade and Tourism prepares and implements Government policy in the fields of artisanal handicraft, trade and tourism. It oversees the development of the artisanal handicraft and trade sector. It controls the network of chambers of artisanal handicrafts and, in conjunction with the Ministry for Economic Development, the network of chambers of commerce and industry. It plays a role in the policy decision making process in respect of small and medium size businesses.


Institut français

The Institut français is the organ if the Ministry of Foreign Affairs engaged in implementing cultural initiatives outside of France. With as its Chairman Xavier Darcos, the Institut français works closely with the French cultural network abroad, which has more than 100 Instituts français and something like 400 Alliances françaises around the world.


Office national des anciens combattants et victimes de guerre (ONACVG)

The National Office for the Wounded and Discharged (ONACVG), which is a State public institution, provides moral and material support from the State to more than 3.5 million foreign nationals. In addition to its founding activity of recognising and repairing the harm caused to war veterans and victims, the Office has always acted as the “social service” for the veteran community. Working closely with the Department for the remembrance, for the heritage and the archives of the Ministry of Defence, the Office ensures that the memory of modern-day conflicts is preserved and that the memorial and museum value of the war cemeteries and major sites of remembrance are looked after properly.


Musée de l’armée

The Army Museum is a monument-museum located at the Hôtel national des Invalides (Invalides), in the centre of Paris. It contains an exceptional collection of objects and works concerning the military history of France, from the Middle Ages to the 20th century - armour, uniforms, artillery pieces, emblems, decorative items, historical figurines, paintings, the personal effects from historical figures but also from anonymous participants who have made the History of France what it is.


Établissement de communication et de production audiovisuelle de la Défense (ECPAD)

ECPAD is responsible for preserving and restoring the audio-visual archives of the Ministry of Defence, a collection representing something like 5 million images and more than 26,000 film titles. Among these  collections, the  “First World War” fund offers a rich and varied account of the First World War with the images taken by the first army photographers (110,000 photos and more than 2,000 films) and photographs from private donations (16,000 images).


Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF)

The National Library of France is an institution devoted to the remembrance and the sharing of knowledge and culture and has, within its collections, millions of books and printed documents, manuscripts, press documents, posters, photographs, prints, but also audio-visual documents, maps... Its vocation: to collect these precious works, preserve them and to put them on view for the general public.


SCÉRÉN - Centre national de documentation pédagogique (CNDP)

The SCÉRÉN (Culture publications and resources department of the Ministry of Education) is a network of public institutions under the responsibility of the Ministry of Education. It is active all over France, and supports the educational priorities and ministerial policy through the publication, production and development of teaching resources in all fields of education. As an operating body of the Ministry of Education, the CNDP helps implement ministerial policy. The CNDP directs, focusses and coordinates the work of 31 regional centres for education documentation (CRDP). Together they form the SCÉRÉN (Culture publications and resources department of the Ministry of Education), a nationwide network which has 180 centres, 125 bookshops and 170 multi-media libraries.


L’Association des maires de France (AMF)

Formed in 1907, and recognised as a public interest organisation in 1933, the Association of the Mayors of France supports mayors and the leaders of the largest cities and municipalities in line with its founding values and principles: defence of local freedoms, concrete and permanent support for elected  officials in the management of daily matters, a loyal but demanding partnership with the State for an ever stronger defence of the interest of municipalities both on their own and on a group basis. Its more than 36,000 mayors and EPCI chairmen, provide it with its legitimacy. Recognised as a constructive and representative body, the AMF fulfils the role of a preferred contact partner for the public authorities. As part of their activity of providing advice and help in decision making, the departments of the AMF constantly monitor legislative and regulatory matters concerning local government.


Souvenir français

Founded in 1887, and recognised as a public interest group in 1906,  the Souvenir Français is one of the oldest patriotic associations. Its two crucial roles are to preserve the memory of those who died for France, notably by maintaining their graves and the monuments erected in their memory, and to connect with and encourage the younger generations to continue its work, notably by organising school trips to the places of remembrance and to conferences.



The Carac, which was the first ever mutual savings company, produces, manages, and distributes financial solutions which are adapted to the issues of today. Originally founded by and for former combatants, the Carac has created a foundation the work of which is based around two aims: to remind society about remembrance and history so as to awaken a sense of citizenship and to demonstrate solidarity with the members of today’s Armed Forces.