France is taking its next, planned step toward unification of its eID portal solutions into one, Service-public.fr. According to an announcement on mon.service-public.fr, the site will be shut down in July. All accounts will be deleted, but users will be able to transfer their documents to the new portal.
A second eID portal compteasso.service-public.fr, is already redirecting visitors to Service-public.fr.
Citizens and companies that use or used the eID services on either of these portals are requested to create a new account on Service-public.fr.
The government decree establishing Service-public.fr was published on Légifrance, the country’s official website for laws and regulations, on 24 February.
Central, yet autonomous
The new eID services offered on the portal will allow citizens, businesses and civil servants to access all of France’s eGovernment services.
The identification and authentication system used for services on Service-public.fr, known as “France Connect”, is intended to improve the security of France’s eID solutions. The web service will allow users to continue to use existing eID solutions such as the ones from the tax authorities, La Poste or Ameli, the national health insurance organisation. These and other approved eID solutions will be federated.
Development of France Connect started in 2014. The first applications to test the new generation of eID tools were made available in 2015, alongside a software development kit. In July, a hackathon was organised, to test the eID solutions and to come up with new services for using them.