The Banque de France is an independent institution governed by French and European law, and a member of the Eurosystem, which is the federal system comprising the European Central Bank and the national central banks of the euro area.
The Banque de France contributes to the definition of euro area monetary policy and ensures its implementation in France on behalf of the Eurosystem.
Safeguarding financial stability is one of the core missions of the Banque de France. It consists in ensuring the financial system functions efficiently and is sufficiently robust to withstand shocks.
The Banque de France provides economic expertise in the form of research, forecasts and contributions to international financial bodies. Through these activities, it helps to establish a complete diagnosis of the economy, which is necessary for the conduct of monetary policy.
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The Banque de France carries out a broad range of cash-related activities: it issues banknotes, monitors recirculated banknotes and puts coins into circulation. It is also steering the modernisation of the cash cycle, in conjunction with its clients.
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The history of the Banque de France has moved with the duties entrusted to it. Over time, it has established its place in economic history.
The Historical Research Unit was created in 1992 and tasked with enhancing the scientific value of the Banque de France's archives and promoting historical research.
The Banque de France's archives can be used for a range of historiographical approaches. They will interest researchers in monetary history, the history of economics on any geographical scale ...
The Banque de France's programme of postgraduate conferences will continue in 2018, with the same objective of giving a voice to both experienced and novice researchers.
A variety of databases derived from studies and investigations in economic history, containing extensive data series from historical sources (economic and financial journals), adjusted for...