The following is from Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter.
FamilySearch, an arm of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often referred to as the Mormons), has now obtained permission to digitize images of records about persons born more than one hundred and twenty years ago, as recorded in French civil acts.
FamilySearch already has a collection of microfilm images of vital records and church records obtained under an agreement reached in 1960 with Archives France. However, that agreement did not include permission to publish images on the still-to-be-invented Internet. In recent years, FamilySearch has asked for permission to publish the images online and that permission apparently has now been granted.