In France, the final text of a new law on Open Access has been adopted on June 29, 2016. On July 20, the Assemblée Nationale has approved the bill, and it still needs to be voted on by the Sénat on September 27.
In the law text, article 17 is relevant for Open Access:
Article 17The chapter III of title III of the book V of the Research code is completed by an article L. 533-4 which reads as follows:”Art. L. 533-4. –
I. “When a scientific article, result of a research activity funded for at least half by the State, local authorities or public institutions, by national agencies or by European Union grant, is published in a journal which comes out at least once a year, his author has the right to provide, even if he has granted an exclusive right to a publisher, a free availability in an open format, via digital channels, subject to the agreement
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