France // 46 States, one Europe

France joined the Council of Europe on 5 May 1949. It is a founder member of the Organisation

Action of the Council of Europe in France


Prevention of torture

The European Committee for the prevention of torture visits places of detention (for juvenile or immigration detainees, police stations, psychiatric hospitals) in order to assess how persons deprived of their liberty are treated.

Visits and reports


Fight against racism

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) is an independent monitoring body which provides member States with concrete and practical advice on how to tackle problems of racism and intolerance in their country.



Protection of social rights

The European Social Charter is a Council of Europe treaty which guarantees social and economic human rights. It was adopted in 1961 and revised in 1996. The European Committee of Social Rights rules on the conformity of the situation in States with the European Social Charter, the 1988 Additional Protocol and the Revised European Social Charter.

Country profile


Protection of minorities

The Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities provides for a monitoring system to evaluate how the treaty is implemented in State Parties. An advisory Committee adopts recommendations to improve minority protection. France has not signed the Convention.



Fight against corruption

The Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) monitors member states' compliance with the Council of Europe anti-corruption standards with the objective to improve the capacity of its members to fight corruption.



Fight against money laundering

MONEYVAL Committee of experts

The committee evaluates the effectiveness of domestic measures to counter money laundering and the financing of terrorism in Council of Europe member states which are not members of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). Council of Europe member states which are members of MONEYVAL but subsequently become members of the FATF can elect to retain full membership of MONEYVAL. Applicant states for membership and other non-member states which are not members of the FATF may apply to join the terms of reference under certain conditions. France is member of the FATF.



The Conference of the Parties under the Council of Europe Convention on Laundering, Search, Seizure and Confiscation of the Proceeds from Crime and on the Financing of Terrorism (CETS No. 198) monitors the proper implementation of the Convention by the Parties.



Democracy through Law

The European Commission for Democracy through Law - the Venice Commission - is an advisory body on constitutional matters which plays a leading role in the adoption of constitutions that conform to the standards of Europe's constitutional heritage



Fight against trafficking in human beings

The Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) is responsible for monitoring implementation of the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings by the Parties. It regularly publishes evaluation reports.



Justice system

European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ)

The aim of the CEPEJ is the improvement of the efficiency and functioning of justice in the member States.


Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE)

This consultative body to the Committee of Ministers prepares opinions, promotes the implementation of Rec(2000)19 and collects information about the functioning of prosecution services in Europe.


Art and donations

The Council of Europe’s various buildings are home to an extensive collection of works of art. Member and non-member states, regional and local authorities, and even artists themselves have donated works of art to the Council. These gifts symbolise their donors’ attachment to one of the oldest of Europe’s political organisations. They are a tangible expression of support for an organisation that views human rights as the focal point of society, as well as acknowledging that creative artists play a vital part in shaping attitudes and behaviour.

Wall of light

by François Chapuis

Stained glass
Donated by the Conseil général du Bas-Rhin (France) in 1989


Poem by Paul Eluard (1895-1952), after Fernand Léger (1881-1955)

Donated by France in 1978

Young Europe

by François Cacheux

Bronze sculpture
Donated by the City of Strasbourg (France) in 1959

European history

by Christiane d'Estienne

14 panels, ceramic, cement and gravel
Donated by France in 1951

France in the Council of Europe

Committee of Ministers

- Stéphane Séjourné, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs 

- Pap Ndiaye, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe

Parliamentary Assembly

France is represented in the Parliamentary Assembly by a delegation of 18 representatives and 18 substitutes.

Working documents

Adopted texts

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities

France is represented in Congress by a delegation of 18 representatives and 18 substitutes.

Monitoring reports

 Observation of elections

European Court of Human Rights

- Judge to the European Court of Human Rights: Mattias Guyomar
- Applications allocated to a decision body(*) in 2023: 729
- Judgments in 2023: 26 of which 12 violations and 13 non-violations

(*) Do not include applications which are at the pre-judicial stage (incomplete case file)

 Country profiles

Execution of Court's judgments

Commissioner for Human Rights

As part of his mandate, the Commissioner carries out visits to countries in order to monitor the human rights situation and pursue a dialogue with national authorities and civil societies.


Council of Europe Treaties

Treaties ratified and signed by France


The Council of Europe's budget, for 2024, is € 624.6M.

The contribution of France is € 51 553 407.

Office in Paris


European Court of Human Rights judgments in cases of human rights violations have led to the improvement of people’s lives across Council of Europe member states.