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Publication of the “Catalogue Goering” : preface by Laurent Fabius (30 september 2015)

PREFACE Aside from their huge historical significance, the documents published in this Catalogue Goering have the power to deeply move any reader. The original photographs, the handwritten comments on the quality of the artwork and the annotations from various Nazi leaders on the origin of the paintings together give an unprecedented and stirring account of a huge and despicable looting operation. Much has already been written about the Goering collection, mainly in English and German, (...)

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The Archives Department is in charge of classifying and conserving the documents received or produced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and communicating them to researchers. It also carries out scientific work and promotes various events as conferences, commemorations, exhibitions and publications.

Discover on this website the treasures held on in the diplomatic
Archives and some of the keys which give access to them.


The Diplomatic Archives are rich in iconographic resources. They supply the “history pages” regularly, created on the occasion of national commemorations or events organized at the initiative or with the participation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The very rich collection of engravings and photographs kept at Quai d’Orsay has also supplied the portrait gallery of foreign affairs ministers, since Louis de Revol, from the 16th century to the present.

The catalogue of the Schloss family’s collection, works of art despoiled by the Nazis during the Occupation, can also be accessed from this section (in French).

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