Standard terms & conditions for using the Caisse des Dépôts website

Pursuant to the provisions of Article L518-2 of the French Monetary and Financial Code, Caisse des Dépôts et consignations ("Caisse des Dépôts") accomplishes general interest missions to support State-led public policy.

The purpose of these standard terms & conditions ("Standard T&Cs") is to define the arrangements according to which Caisse des Dépôts provides users with its website, the secondary websites it comprises and the services on offer (referred to overall as the "Website"), as well as the conditions according to which said Web users (the "User(s)) access and use the Website.

In this regard, please note that the websites and are published by the Presse et Pluralisme association and the SCET respectively. As such they are not governed by the Standard T&Cs. For any further information regarding either of these websites, please consult their respective legal notices and conditions for use.

Any access to and use of the Website necessarily implies the unconditional acceptance of the Standard T&Cs by any User as well as compliance with the legislation and regulations in force.


Article 1: Prerequisites for accessing and using the Website

The Website User acknowledges that s/he has the necessary skills and means to access and use this Website. S/he shall also ensure that any person accessing the Website via his/her Internet connection has read these Standard T&Cs and accepts them.

The User acknowledges that s/he has checked that the IT configuration s/he is using does not contain any virus and that it is in perfect working order.

To access and use the Website, the User must have at least the following IT configuration:

  • Internet Explorer version 9 and above;
  • Firefox version 22 and above;
  • Chrome version 25 and above;
  • Safari version 6 and above.


Article 2: Abiding by the Standard T&Cs - Duration

The Standard T&Cs come into force from the date they are put online and are applicable to any User browsing the Website.

If a User does not wish to conform to the Standard T&Cs during his/her use of the Website, s/he is simply asked to stop browsing the Website.


Article 3: Website features

3.1 – Subscribing to the Website's newsletters

The Website features services for subscribing to newsletters on a range of subjects.

To subscribe, the User must follow the online subscription procedure stipulated for the newsletter of interest.

Subscriptions to the Website's newsletters are taken out for an undetermined period and may be terminated at any time, without notice or any other formality than the last unsubscription procedure indicated to the subscribed User in the newsletter dispatch emails and on the Web pages concerning subscription to the newsletters in question. Subscriptions come into force at the earliest possible opportunity from Caisse des Dépôts' receipt of the User's subscription request.

3.2 – Private spaces

There are several private spaces (hereafter referred to as the "Private Space(s)") on the Website. Access to such Spaces may be open to Users or reserved to specific people.

Access to Private Spaces is subject to acceptance not only hereof but also of the Special Terms & Conditions governing access to and use of the Private Space in question (hereafter referred to as "Special T&Cs" or "Special T&Cs of use").

3.3 – Discussion forums

Access to and use of the Website's discussion forums are subject to the prior acceptance of the Special T&Cs of the associated Private Space.

3.4 – Content sharing

Some of the Website's pages incorporate "share" buttons. These enable you to share the Website's contents on social networks (Viadeo, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.).

The User must click on a "Share" type button or an icon representing the social network, preceded by the words "Share on" to share a piece of contents. By clicking on this type of button, the User will open the Web page of the social network in question, which will ask you to log in (with your login and password) if you have not already done so, or to sign up.

Caisse des Dépôts shall not be held liable for actions carried out by the User on the social network. The User must Contact the publisher of the social network or the person identified on the Website of the social network in the event of problems.

The User is informed that the social network providing a "Share" button is likely to identify him/her through this button, even if the User did not use it when consulting the Website. This information is not accessible to Caisse des Dépôts. To find out more, the User can consult the terms & conditions for use and privacy protection policies of these social networks.

3.5 – Hyperlinks

The Website may contain hyperlinks to other websites, particularly those of Caisse des Dépôts' partners.

Caisse des Dépôts may not, however, be held liable for a third party website which the User has accessed via the Website and which might present illegal or inaccurate content. Indeed, Caisse des Dépôts does not have any means of monitoring the contents of third party websites. As such, the decision whether or not to activate these hyperlinks shall be made solely by Users.

Likewise, the Website Publisher may not be held liable should these third party websites prove to be unavailable or not be working properly.

Anyone is authorised to set up a link towards information provided on the Website, without prior authorisation. However, the pages of the Website must not be embedded within the pages of another website.

3.6 – The "Social Wall"

The Website features a Social Wall where the publications posted on the social networks Website identified for each publication appear. Caisse des Dépôts shall not be held liable for these publications. They are not hosted or edited by Caisse des Dépôts.

Any question or complaint concerning these publications must be taken up directly with the author of the publications or with the Website of the social networks hosting them.

3.7 – Forms and questionnaires

The Website contains forms and questionnaires that the User is free to use depending on which of the Website's features s/he wishes to access.

These forms and questionnaires are a way for Caisse des Dépôts to collect information and/or opinions entered online by the User. They contain text boxes, scroll-down menus and boxes to tick. Forms are particularly used to manage requests for information, registrations and enquiries from Users. Questionnaires are mainly used to collect data for analysis and assessment purposes.

Personal data collected via the Website's forms and questionnaires is done so in accordance with the Website's Personal data protection policy. As such, it is the User's responsibility to consult said Policy before completing any form or questionnaire on the Website.


Article 4: Intellectual property rights

The Website and all of its constituents – programmes, data, texts, images, sounds, drawings, graphics, etc. in particular – are the property of Caisse des Dépôts or are subject to a licence granted on its behalf. Any full or partial copy, reproduction, representation, adaptation or distribution of the Website by whatever means and in whatever format is subject to Caisse des Dépôts' prior agreement in writing, save for the exceptions stipulated in the French Intellectual Property Code (CPI).

The User is authorised to consult, download and print the documents and information available under the following conditions:

  • the documents can only be used for personal purposes, for information and within a strictly private context pursuant to Article L122 – 5, Paragraph 2, CPI;
  • the documents and information may not be modified in any way;
  • the documents and information may not be distributed outside of the Website other than via the "Share" buttons provided to this end.

Any unauthorised use of the Website's contents or information, particularly for commercial purposes, may be subject to legal proceedings on the basis of infringement and/or unfair competition and/or free-riding on the part of the holders of the rights in question.


Article 5: Personal data protection and cookies

To facilitate the User's access to information concerning the management of his/her personal data on the Website, Caisse des Dépôts has drawn up a Personal data protection policy document for the Website.

It is the User's responsibility to consult the Personal data protection policy, which particularly provides information about personal data processing carried out by Caisse des Dépôts and about the cookies used by the Website and defines the terms for Users to consent to the use of such cookies.


Article 6: Reporting illegal content

Any User who, while accessing the Website or a Private Space, comes across or becomes aware of illegal content, is asked to report this to Caisse des Dépôts according to the procedure described below.

Illegal content is considered to be any content, irrespective of the medium or format, which:

  • particularly publicly condones war crimes, crimes against humanity, crimes and offences against the State (terrorism, etc.);
  • is an incitement to hatred as regards people because of their gender, orientation or sexual identity, their religion or their disability;
  • encourages paedophilia or any pornographic activity;
  • violates third-party intellectual property rights;
  • generally characterises an illegal or illicit activity.

When making his/her report, the User should:

  • use the "Contact us" form available on the Website;
  • specify the Website page (http://) on which s/he has identified the illegal content. It will be possible to copy/paste the address of the page in question;
  • share any comments s/he may have;
  • send the form.

Caisse des Dépôts will then process the report as quickly as possible.


Article 7: Website availability

Within the limits of state-of-the-art practices, Caisse des Dépôts will use its best endeavours to ensure that the Website is accessible and operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except during technical faults and maintenance operations (preventive, corrective or upgrade-related).


Article 8: Liability

Given the type of missions carried out by Caisse des Dépôts as described in the introduction and the services available on the Website, it has been agreed to provide for a clause limiting the contractual liability of Caisse des Dépôts.

Caisse des Dépôts shall seek to guarantee that the information presented on the Website is exact. That said, the information processed may contain technical or typographical errors.

Please note that Caisse des Dépôts may not in any way be held liable for any errors found on the Website, or for the completeness or relevance of the information and data processed.

Caisse des Dépôts shall use its best endeavours to provide the Website in line with state-of-the-art security and confidentiality procedures. Given the complexity of the Internet, it shall not be able to guarantee absolute security, however.

For the purposes of using the Website, the User must have the requisite skills, hardware and software for using the Internet. The User recognises that the characteristics and constraints of the Internet mean that the security, availability and integrity of data transmission during its transit on the Internet cannot be guaranteed.

Caisse des Dépôts is entitled to modify and temporarily or permanently close down all or part of the Website without any warning or compensation, to which the User agrees. Likewise, Caisse des Dépôts shall not be held liable for any errors, interruptions, unavailable information and/or viruses on its Website.

Caisse des Dépôts shall not be held liable in the event of the Website malfunctioning, not being accessible or performing poorly due to unsuitable hardware, malfunctions internal to the User's Internet access provider, overcrowding on the Internet network, or any other reason outside of Caisse des Dépôts' control.

As a general rule, the User and Caisse des Dépôts may only be held liable for compensating the financial consequences of direct and foreseeable damage sustained by the other Party, as long as i) the latter has complied with all of the stipulations herein and in any Special T&Cs applicable and ii) can demonstrate that such damage is the result of a breach attributable to the other Party.

Under no circumstances may Caisse des Dépôts be held liable in the event of indirect or unforeseeable losses suffered by the User. Indirect or unforeseeable loss particularly means any violation of his/her image, financial loss, inaccurate or corrupted files or data and loss of opportunity.


Article 9: Force majeure

Caisse des Dépôts may not be held liable for the full or partial failure to fulfil its obligations as regards the Website if said full or partial failure is the result of a force majeure in the meaning of the case law of French and European tribunals and courts.


Article 10: Contractual documents

The contractual documents governing relations between the User and Caisse des Dépôts and forming the Contract are, in order of importance:

  • this document;
  • where applicable, the Special T&Cs;

Should a contradiction or inconsistency arise between one and/or more provisions set out in any one of these documents, the higher-priority document shall prevail. Unless stipulated otherwise in the Special T&Cs, in the event of contradiction between the Standard T&Cs and the Special T&Cs, the latter shall prevail.


Article 11: Update of the Contractual documents

Caisse des Dépôts is entitled to update the Standard T&Cs as well as the Special T&Cs at any time as the Website's features and contents change, and when additional protection constraints become necessary.

Caisse des Dépôts therefore asks that all Users read this page each time they consult the Website.


Article 12: Applicable law

The Standard T&Cs are subject to French law. This means as governed by French law in both form and substance.

Any disputes arising over the acceptance, fulfilment or interpretation of these T&Cs will be referred to the competent courts under the jurisdiction of the Paris courts of second instance.


Article 13: Credits

A credit is the indication of the name of the author of a photograph, illustration, video or simply a creation in the broad sense or, where applicable, of the name of the company (e.g.: photo agency or publishing house) which holds the rights to the published creation – photographs, illustrations, sounds, images and videos in particular. Credits are commonly referred to as "photo credits" or "illustration credits" but apply more widely than that. Publishing credits identifies the author of the image, thereby respecting his/her moral rights over his/her work and acknowledging the owner of the work.

For the main Website, the photos are credited to:

Archives Caisse des Dépôts, Bibliothèque Forney, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Georges Fessy, Caisse des Dépôts (Jean-Marc Pettina, Olivier Londe), Egis (Denis Darzacq), (Maksym Yemelyanov, Jan Prchal, pressmaster, Catty, Astock, los tenacos d)

For the secondary Websites, the credits are published on the Website concerned, i.e.:

  • in a dedicated "credits" section;
  • next to the creation made or owned by the third party mentioned in the credits.


Read the Special terms & conditions of use for Caisse des Depots' Ciclade website