The use of the violin in music was long considered to be the most important instrument for the study of the music of France.
But now the French government has announced it is planning to end the practice of performing violin concerts at large events, saying they can no longer be held on the same dates as classical orchestras.
French President Emmanuel Macron has announced the new policy, which is aimed at making the practice more affordable.
He has also proposed an increase in the number of violinists who can perform at concerts.
The government says that it will require violins to be played by a professional orchestra, and that the new rules would allow the practice to continue at smaller gatherings.
The move comes after years of complaints from musicians, violinists and opera singers that their instruments were being neglected in favor of the larger orchestras that they were accustomed to playing.
The policy will take effect Jan. 1.