Legal notice

Publisher information

This website is managed by French Waterways Institution / Voies navigables de France (VNF)

Editorial director: Thierry GUIMBAUD, Chief Executive Officer of VNF

VNF head office : 175, rue Ludovic Boutleux, 62400 Béthune

VNF is a public institution under the authority of the Ministry in charge of Transport, Sea and Fishing.


Creating a link to

Any public or private website is authorised to create a link to the information presented on this site, without prior consent.

However, the pages of the website must not be embedded inside the pages of another website: there must be nothing to mislead visitors to the site as to the origin of the page viewed.

The authorisation to create a link is valid for all media, with the exception of those circulating controversial, pornographic or xenophobic information or which could, more broadly, cause offence to most people.

  • Address changes

We try to maintain the stability of the URL addresses of our pages as far as possible. However, since the site may undergo reorganisation at any time, we cannot guarantee that the addresses of internal pages of the website will not change.

  • Copyright

The content available on this website is protected by copyright. According to the terms of article L. 122-4 of the French intellectual property code, you may not reproduce any of this content, either in whole or in part, without express permission.


Intellectual property and rights of use

The user undertakes - and may be held criminally or civilly liable for any breach of this commitment -  not to use the website for the following purposes :

  • To transmit, by any means whatsoever (e-mail or other), any content, including programmes, codes, viruses, etc., intended to destroy or disrupt the functions of the publisher's website.
  • To transmit, by any means whatsoever, within the interactive services offered on the publisher's website, any illegal or harmful content, and particularly photos or messages that are of an abusive, offensive, defamatory, derogatory, degrading, racist, xenophobic, sexist, pornographic or threatening nature, or which could incite hatred or harassment and which would contravene the right to privacy or which is unrelated to the themes proposed.
  • To transmit, by any means whatsoever, any content, particularly photos, which violate intellectual or industrial property rights, citizens' rights, etc.


Compliance with French regulations concerning data protection and freedom of access

Declarations to the CNIL (French data protection watchdog): Any personal data obtained by this website through subscription forms shall be neither retained nor divulged.


Processing of personal data

 4 types of cookies are used by the VNF website:

  • Internal cookies so that the website work optimally
  • Third party audience measurement (Google Analytics)
  • Third-party cookies to improve the interactivity of the site and its multimedia content (Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Addthis)
  • Third party cookies to target our donation campaigns (DoubleClick, Mediapost, Facebook, Yahoo Gemini) 

According to the law "Informatique et Libertés" amended January 6, 1978 and General Regulation No. 2016/679 on data protection (RGPD), you set a right to access your data, rectification, etc. erasure, opposition and limitation of data processing. You can also opposed to a possible exchange between your mailing address and certain organizations in the charitable sector.

For any question,  you can contact us by:

  •  Mail to: 

 Data Protection Officer

Waterways of France

175 rue Ludovic Boutleux CS 30820

62408 Bethune cedex

 Do not hesitate to contact our team for any question regarding the respect of your personal data. We attach great importance to respecting your wishes.


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