There has been some interesting recent developments regarding open access in France, especially with a two-days conference organized in Paris by Couperin. The HE minister made a speech on open access, which is quite unique in the history of French university libraries. Present at the conference were also prominent OA actors like Stevan Harnad, Jean-Claude Guédon, Bernard Rentier and Alma Swan.
- Conference program and presentations (some in English): http://couperin.
- Speech of Ms Fioraso, Higher Education and Research Minister: http://www.enseignementsup-
recherche.gouv.fr/cid66992/ discours-de-genevieve-fioraso- lors-des-5e-journees-open- access.html (only in French)
- Presentation webcast (some in English): http://webcast.in2p3.fr/