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Following my demand, the Ouvaton cooperative has
offered to host a read only
mirror of the French Wikipedia with a budget of 1000 euros for a year in
hardware and bandwidth. For that it is necessary that a non profit
organisation to be set up in France. I drafted a project of status for this
according to French law. It is available at
I think I may not have been very clear.
Ouvaton is a cooperative of independant webmasters. As an example, it is
supportive of our ideas (free software, etc.). It offers to host a mirror of
Wikipedia for FREE. They would give Wikipedia up to 1000 euros a year in
material and bandwidth. A few people in the French Wikipedia have already
offered to take care of the technical details of this mirror. Now I have been
told than a mirror in France would not help much. How the offer of Ouvaton
can be used?
Secondly Ouvaton asked than an organisation (not an individual) need to be
legally responsible for this mirror. Upon further asking, it said that
Wikimedia Foundation or a European organisation can be this organisation.
The idea of a French or European non profit organisation was also to collect
donations. Potential avantages : easing money transfer and issuing tax
deductible receipts. Yes a French non profit can collect donations and issue
tax deductible receipts.  There is also the possibility in Belgian law to
set up a European organisation with similar capabilities.
We have more and more requests for public talks about Wikipedia in France :
three in 2003 and two more are already planned in 2004. A local organisation
would help to organise this (to print leaflets, posters...). Someone also
suggests to set up an French non profit called "The friends of Wikipedia" for
this. What do you think?
 "La loi n°87-571 du 23 juillet 1987 sur le développement du mécénat
précise que désormais, le don manuel (celui qui n'est pas pratiqué sous acte
notarié) est légalement autorisé pour toutes les associations déclarées."
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