At the Council Meeting of 2 August 1988, France's application for membership was approved by unanimous vote. The IPA welcomes France as a member. The French Permafrost Association was formed on 22 April 1988.
The Executive Committee is composed of:
- J. Aguirre - Puente, President
- J. Malaurie, Vice - President
- J. P. Lautridou, Treasurer
- A. M. Cames - Pintaux, Secretary