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The same is true for French public website such as Elysée

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Submitted by Chemla Véronique (France), May 19, 2012 at 05:07


The same is unfortunately true in France for official public websites such as Elysée, ministries, etc. Many speeches and videos have disappeared from those websites. Read : http://www.marianne2.fr/Hollande-va-t-il-rayer-Sarkozy-du-web_a218509.html. Ministries legally have to give their print archives to Archives Nationales. May be, a law should be passed in order to include Internet archives among those archives or/and to keep all public websites' pages.

Malheureusement, ces faits s'observent aussi en France lors d'un changement de pouvoir politique : http://www.marianne2.fr/Hollande-va-t-il-rayer-Sarkozy-du-web_a218509.html. Les sites de l'Elysée ou de ministères ont supprimé (momentanément ?) de nombreuses pages (discours, vidéos). Ce qui est néfaste en terme de communication et d'image, mais surtout pour les journalistes et les historiens. Les ministres et les membres de leur cabinet sont obligés de confier leurs archives publiques imprimées aux Archives nationales, un organisme public qui les conservent et les communique au public. Peut-être serait-il intéressant que le Parlement adopte une loi afin d'obliger ces sites Internet à conserver ces archives électroniques sur leur site Internet ou/et d'inclure ces archives électroniques dans les archives qui doivent être données obligatoirement aux Archives nationales.


Véronique Chemla




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