What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file stored on your computer when you visit a website or view advertising. Their main role is to collect data about your navigation around a website, and to customise services to best suit you. Cookies on your computer are managed by your browser.

The different types of cookie

When you visit our website, we might need to install various cookies on your device to enable us to recognise your browser, throughout the lifespan of the cookie concerned. We typically install the following types of cookie from our website:

  • user session cookies, to ensure the site operates properly;
  • cookies the sole purpose of which is to improve website security (for example, when you are asked to log in to a service again after a certain time);
  • cookies used to adapt the website’s presentation to your device’s display preferences (language used, display resolution, operating system used, etc.) whenever you visit the website, on the basis of the hardware and software used to read and display data on your device.
  • audience measurement cookies, such as the number of pages viewed, the number of visits, visitors’ activity on the website and how frequently they return. These cookies are used only to compile statistics on service user traffic, and the results are completely anonymous. The website uses Google Analytics, an analysis service provided by Google, to produce these statistics. The data generated by these cookies is anonymised before it is sent to Google.

We draw your attention to the fact that cookies do not allow you to be identified as an individual, but they do allow us to save data about how you have navigated around our website.

Third-party cookies

In some cases, we also use cookies from third parties, such as Google Analytics. These analysis services provide us with data about your navigation, which enables us to improve the content we offer.

How to block cookies

Most browsers provide the option to decline to use cookies. Take a look at the “Settings” or “Help” sections of your browser. Blocking cookies could, however, adversely affect how this or other websites work, which is why we recommend that you do not block them.

More information is available on the website of the French Data Protection Authority, CNIL, at https://www.cnil.fr/en/gestion-des-cookies