Use the source, Luke.

Specifically, chapters 14 (Smooth Bump Functions) to 16 (Smooth Partitions of Unity and Smooth Normality). You may be particularly interested in:

**Theorem 16.10** If $X$ is Lindelof and $\mathcal{S}$-regular, then $X$ is $\mathcal{S}$-paracompact. In particular, nuclear Frechet spaces are $C^\infty$-paracompact.

For loop spaces (and other mapping spaces with compact source), the simplest argument for Lindelof/paracompactness that I know of goes as follows:

- Embed $M$ as a submanifold of $\mathbb{R}^n$.
- So the loop space $LM$ embeds as a submanifold of $L\mathbb{R}^n$.
- $L\mathbb{R}^n$ is metrisable.
- So $L M$ is metrisable.
- Hence $L M$ is paracompact.

(Paracompactness isn't inheritable by **all** subsets. Of course, if you can embed your manifold as a *closed* subspace then you can inherit the paracompactness directly.)

I use this argument in my paper on *Constructing smooth manifolds of loop spaces*, Proc. London Math. Soc. **99** (2009) 195–216 (doi:10.1112/plms/pdn058, arXiv:math/0612096) to show that most "nice" properties devolve from the model space to the loop space for "nice" model spaces (smooth, continuous, and others). See corollary C in the introduction of the published version.

(I should note that the full statement of Theorem 16.10 (which I did not quote above) is not quite correct (at least in the book version, it may have been corrected online) in that the proof of the claim for strict inductive sequences is not complete. I needed a specific instance of this in my paper *The Smooth Structure of the Space of Piecewise-Smooth Loops*, Glasgow Mathematical Journal, **59**(1) (2017) pp27-59. (arXiv:0803.0611, doi:10.1017/S0017089516000033) (see section 5.4.2) which wasn't covered by 16.10 but fortunately I could hack together bits of 16.6 with 16.10 to get it to work. This, however, is outside the remit of this question as it deals with spaces more general than Frechet spaces.)

On the opposite side of the equation, we have the following after 16.10:

**open problem** ... Is every paracompact $\mathcal{S}$-regular space $\mathcal{S}$-paracompact?

So the general case is not (at time of publishing) known. But for manifolds, the case is somewhat better:

**Ch 27** If a smooth manifold (which is smoothly Hausdorff) is Lindelof, and if all modelling vector spaces are smoothly regular, then it is smoothly paracompact. If a smooth manifold is metrisable and smoothly normal then it is smoothly paracompact.

Since Banach spaces are Frechet spaces, any Banach space that is not $C^\infty$-paracompact provides a counterexample for Frechet spaces as well. The comment after 14.9 provides the examples of $\ell^1$ and $C([0,1])$.

So, putting it all together: **nuclear** Frechet spaces are good, so Lindelof manifolds modelled on them are smoothly paracompact. Smooth mapping spaces (with compact source) are Lindelof manifolds with nuclear model spaces, hence smoothly paracompact.

(Recall that smooth mapping spaces without compact source aren't even close to being manifolds. I know that Konrad knows this, I merely put this here so that others will know it too.)