Deaccessioning in France
French museums have had strict acquisition criteria since Napoleonic times. All objects that enter the museum inventory are therefore regarded as classified, important cultural heritage.
If a museum wants to declassify an object, making it eligible for disposal, it is arranged by law that the Commission Scientifique Nationale de Collections (CSNC) must reflect upon this request. The commission will try to research all possible other options first, before agreeing on declassification. Transfer between museums is not regarded as a form of disposal. For all Musées de France, the answer of the commission is binding.
If an object were to be declassified from the national heritage list, the museum responsible for the management of it, is free to act as thought appropriate, not excluding sale.
Within the French museum field, there is still a strong presumption against declassification and disposal. The CSNC has never since its existence (2010) received a request.