The Pingaud-Barreau Report

The Pingaud-Barreau Commission Report, entitled “Towards a new policy on books and reading”, was in two parts, covering the entire field of books and reading. The first, completed in October 1981, outlined key recommendations for immediate implementation, while the second was completed in January 1982, following the introduction of a law guaranteeing a fixed price for books. The two parts, drawing on the Granet, Chetochine, and Vandevoorde reports, put forward fifty-five proposals, some of which have had a lasting impact, while others were never implemented. The report’s main achievement was its global vision of a coherent policy on books in France, which was unequalled until 2007.