In 1952, when the International Mathematical Union (IMU) has been recreated, France was one if its first members. In accordance with the IMU directives, a national comity, the CNFM, has been created.
The Comité National Français de Mathématiciens is an association which is ruled by a law from 1901, it has at most 26 members.
Currently, 19 of them are appointed for 4 years by the Académie des Sciences (4 delegates), INSMI (4 delegates), the Société Mathématique de France (4 delegates), the Société de Mathématiques Appliquées et Industrielles (4 delegates) and the Société Française de Statistique (1 delegate). Up to 7 others members can be coopted.
As a national comity of the IMU, the CNFM has among other things the following statutory tasks:
Besides these tasks, CNFM sponsors with support of the Ministère de l'Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche the participation of mathematicians from France to the lCM every four years and, if possible, to ICME and ICIAM.
Composition at october the 1st 2017 :
Members appointed by the Académie: Jean-Michel Coron, Jean-Marc Fontaine, Jean-François Le Gall (Vice Président), Cédric Villani.
Members appointed by the INSMI: Gaëtan Chenevier, Laurent Mazet (Treasurer), Ariane Mézard, Fabrice Planchon (Secretary).
Members appointed by the SMF: Bernard Helffer, Christian Kassel, François Loeser (President), Marc Peigné.
Members appointed by the SMAI: Maria J. Esteban, Edwige Godlewski, Yvon Maday, Denis Talay.
Member appointed by the SFdS: Pascal Massart.
Coopted members: Michèle Artigue, Bertrand Rémy.