CNOP (national optics-photonics committee) created in2003, brings together key French players in optics-photonics. Two players at the national level are AFOP (French association of optics and photonics industries) and SFO (the French optics society); at the regional level they include all the regional centers: ALPhA Route des Lasers in Aquitaine, Anticipa in Bretagne, Elopsys in Limousin, Opticsvalley in Paris-Ile de France, OptitecPopsud in the Riviera region, the Rhône Alpes optics cluster and Rhenaphotonics Alsace. Creation of CNOP addressed the profession’s need to be represented by a governing body. Its first action enabled stakeholders to get to know each other and to coordinate their actions. Today CNOP plays the role of spokesperson for the sector, addressing both the French Government and European instances.