CESC, the Council for the English Speaking Community in Paris, is an informal organization for the exchange of news and information between more than a hundred English-speaking non-profit groups and associations in the Paris region.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
CESC maintains a file of contact information for member associations, and periodically emails news of upcoming events. In addition, CESC organizes informal meetings on a quarterly basis for the exchange of information between member associations.
Services are provided free of charge to groups and associations. When needed to cover meeting room rental and other minor expenses, a modest fee is occasionally requested of attendees at the quarterly meeting.
This site is a directory to our member organizations.
The Non-Profit Organizations Law of 1901
INTRODUCTION and History: 1901 and 1905The legislation regarding non-profit organizations, known in France as “associations”, is a direct result of the separation of the church and state at the beginning of the 20th century. Prior to that time, it was virtually impossible to create any temporary or structured group of people. On the one side, there was the Catholic Church. On the other, there were political parties and there were professional groups in the form of trade unions, craft and trade guilds, or syndicates for the liberal professions. The idea during the 19th century was that private interests would necessarily be opposed to the interests of the nation and therefore there was no way that an organization could help the state do a better job.
At the turn of the century a liberal government was elected which analyzed the issue very differently. The new government still did not believe that private groups would improve people’s lives in any way. But for the first time in years the government was made up of anti-clerical atheists. The goal was to separate the state and the church. The idea behind the new legislation was that by making the creation of associations easy, the power and influence of the Catholic Church and clergy would be reduced, while the French population would be able to express their interests and concerns outside the political spectrum.