**The following post is from [Jonathan Gray](http://jonathangray.org/), Community Coordinator at the [Open Knowledge Foundation](http://www.okfn.org).**
Several key open data organisations in France – including [Regards Citoyens](http://regardscitoyens.org/), [Creative Commons France](http://fr.creativecommons.org/) and [Veni Vidi Libri](http://vvlibri.org/) – have clubbed together to draft a [Declaration on Open Data in France](http://www.donneeslibres.info/):
The declaration emphasises the importance of a legal and licensing strategy which means that French public datasets are made **freely available for re-use for any purpose** (as per [OpenDefinition.org](http://opendefinition.org/)).
This comes at an important juncture, while the French Government is still **busy working out the legal and technical details for the new data.gouv.fr initiative**.
A recent speech from Séverin Naudet (of data.gouv.fr) at the European Digital Agenda Assembly last week gave strong, **explicit support for minimising restrictions and maximising the reusability** of French public datasets, recognising the **wide variety of social and economic benefits that fully open data can deliver**.
But there is no doubt **plenty more work to be done to convince key stakeholders** both inside and outside the French government. We hope the new declaration will feed into the process of figuring out a legal strategy for opening up France’s data!
*If you’re interested in open government data in France, you can join our [ogd-fr](http://lists.okfn.org/mailman/listinfo/ogd-fr) mailing list.*