Frantext is a French language corpus, and a useful research tool for French linguistics.
It contains the full text of 5,400 French language texts, mainly published between the 16th and 21st centuries (though there are some earlier works). 90% of the texts are literary (including novels, poetry and memoirs) with the rest being mainly technical in nature. It aims to represent the diversity of written French, and contains 256 million words.
Once you have accessed Frantext, click on Frantext intégral to access the full corpus, or Frantext démonstration to access a selection of 40 texts and explore how it works.
On the top menu, choose Corpus to view different corpora (for example, Old French) or create your own corpus: intégral will search the entire corpus.
Select Recherche to search for a word, or series of words (note the different search options in the sub-menu):
Select Liste de mots to view or create a word list (for example, days of the week).
For more information about recent enhancements to Frantext, choose nouvelles fonctionalités from the home page.