Rémi Mathis FRSA , (born 20 November 1982) is a French historian, curator, and free-culture advocate.

Early life

Rémi Mathis graduated from the Ecole Nationale des Chartes in 2007. The National School of Information Science and Libraries . Citation needed ]


Mathis was in charge of the library of humanities and social science at the Paris Descartes University from 2008 to 2010. Since 2010, he has been a curator for 17th century collections at the Department of Prints and Photographs of the National Library of France . He is the editor of the library’s News of the print . [1] He is a member of the National Committee for French Engraving  ( en ) ( French : National Committee of the print ). [2]

Mathis’ research focuses on the 17th century, specifically Jansenism and diplomatic history. His dissertation, written under the supervision of Lucien Bély and Olivier Poncet , focuses on Simon Arnauld de Pomponne . [3] In 2012, he wrote a book about Pomponne and Robert Arnauld d’Andilly . [4] He has contributed to Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature . [5]

Free culture advocacy

Mathis is active in promoting the legalization of freedom of panorama in France. [6] He also advocates against the privatization of the digitization of public-domain works. [7]“The Janus of Transmission,” by The Literary Magazine . [8]

He is a member of Wikimedia France , [1] and served as President from April 2011 to October 2014. [9] In April 2013, the French interior intelligence agency Central Directorate of Internal Intelligence (DCRI) Mathis pressured into deleting the French language Wikipedia Article about the Military radio station of Pierre-sur-Haute , under threat of detention and criminal charge. [10] [11] Later, the article was restored by another Wikipedia contributor based in Switzerland . [12] [13]

He was named Wikipedian of the Year by Jimmy Wales at Wikimania 2013. [14]


  • From negotiation to embassy relations: Simon Arnauld de Pomponne and his second embassy in Sweden (1671) , Revue d’histoire diplomatique , 2005, 3, p. 263-276
  • Simon Arnauld de Pomponne, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of Louis XIV (1618-1699) , thesis. O. Poncet and L. Bely, 2007, 2 vols. (Vol 1, text, 691 pp., Vol 2, vouchers, 621 p.)
  • An Arnauld at the Hotel de Rambouillet: note on an unknown poem by Henri Arnauld, Jansenist bishop of Angers. 17th century 2008, 4, p. 725-730.
  • The “worlds apart”: symbolic and critical representations of the seclusion in the seventeenth century. Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature , Vol. XXXVIII, No. 73, 2010 (with G. Louis and F. Poulet).
  • National retrospective bibliographies. Between search for identity and identity of research. Saarbrücken: European University Publishing, 2010, 120 p. ISBN 9786131510113 .
  • Politics, Jansenism and Sociability in the Comminges of the Great Century: the friendship between Gilbert de Choiseul, Bishop of Comminges, and Simon Arnauld de Pomponne, 1659-1662 . 2011.
  • The Solitaire and the Minister: Arnauld d’Andilly-Arnauld de Pomponne’s correspondence (1642-1673) , Paris, Nolin, 2012 ( Universal Port-Royal Collection , 21), 272 p. ISBN 9782910487409 .
  • Ruin and survival of Port-Royal (1679-1713) . Proceedings of the conference convened by Hermann Sylvio De Franceschi and Rémi Mathis. Paris, Society of Friends of Port-Royal, 2012.


  1. ^ Jump up to:b “Mathis, Rémi (1982 -….)” (in French). BNF.
  2. Jump up^ BNF, RA 2010 – Report Schedule 3 – Research, June 2011, ref. BNF-ADM-2011-042266-01
  3. Jump up^ School Library charters, 2007, No. 2, p. 701
  4. Jump up^ The Solitaire Minister: Arnauld correspondence Andilly Pomponne-Arnauld (1642-1673), foreword by Olivier Poncet, Paris: Nolin (“Universe Port Royal”, 21), 2012, (ISBN 9782910487409)
  5. Jump up^ The “Worlds Apart”: critical and symbolic representations of sidelining the xviith century, ed. R. Mathis, G. Louis, F. Chicken, Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature, 38, 73, 2010.
  6. Jump up^ Mathis, Rémi (27 September 2011)Make the French their architectural landscape. Lemonde.fr. Retrieved on 9 April 2013.
  7. Jump up^ Rovere, MaximeRémi Mathis – The President of Wikimedia France is a passer-by of knowledge. Madfor, p. 17
  8. Jump up^ Transmission, Wikipedia and prints … Interview to the Literary Magazine “À la Toison d’or. Alatoisondor.wordpress.com, 2 April 2012.
  9. Jump up^ “Back on the general assembly of the 10 years of Wikimedia France” . Around Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects (in French) . Retrieved 2016-11-21 .
  10. Jump up^ Willsher, Kim (7 April 2013). “French secret service accused of censorship over Wikipedia page” . Guardian . Retrieved 7 April 2013 .
  11. Jump up^ Kleinz, Torsten (6 April 2013). “Französischer Geheimdienst verlangt Löschung eines Wikipedia-Artikels” . Heise Online (in German). Heise . Retrieved 5 April 2013 .
  12. Jump up^ “French homeland intelligence threatens a volunteer sysop to delete a Wikipedia article” (Press release). Wikimedia United States. 6 April 2013 . Retrieved 6 April 2013 .
  13. Jump up^ DCRI accused of having illegally forced the deletion of an article from Wikipedia – Le Monde , 6 April 2013(in French)
  14. Jump up^ “Congratulations to @RemiMathis, honored by @jimmy_wales as Wikipedian of the Year at #Wikimania.” . Wikimedia . Twitter . Retrieved 16 December 2013 .

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