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The French Academy

Founded in 1634 and formalized July 29, 1635 under the reign of Louis XIII by Cardinal Richelieu, the French Academy’s prestigious French institution whose task is to standardize and improve the French language. The creation of this institution represented in the seventeenth century the growing importance of the French language and culture. For the first time in French history, the government took part in decisions concerning the development and preservation of the French language.

Cérémonie d'installation de Max GALLO à l'Académie Française. Paris le 31/01/2008. Photo François Bouchon / Le Figaro

Its aim is then to give rules, fix, make pure and language understandable to all. The French Academy also allows the publication of the first dictionary published in 1694.

This institution is composed of many intellectuals, writers, poets, novelists, dramatists, critics, philosophers, scientists and historians who have marked French cultural life.

The French Academy still exists today and is at the Institute of France in the 6th district, members are considered immortal and have the mission to bring the French language century after century.