The Alliance Française network
In 1883, the Alliance Française was created under the direction of Paul Cambon and Pierre Foncin, with the help of key persons such as Jules Verne, Louis Pasteur, Ferdinand de Lesseps, Armand Colin and Jules Renan.
Today the Alliance Française is considered to be the number one French cultural network worldwide, with locations in 1040 cities in 136 countries and can be found on all five continents. Every year, more than 450,000 people of all ages learn French with the Alliance Française, and over 6 million people take part in at least one of the cultural activities.
The coordination of this network falls under the Alliance Française Foundation.
What is the Alliance Française?
The Alliance Française is a non-profit organization which adheres to local rights, and it fulfills its mission in an autonomous way. This means that the organization is free from any engagements that are politically or religiously inclined.
All the Alliances Française share three essential missions that they want to accomplish:
• To offer French courses in France and the rest of the world geared towards all audiences
• To give better exposure of the French and francophone culture
• To promote cultural diversity
The Alliances Françaises share common values which constitute the force and vitality of the network and they all support these actions:
• Respect for cultural diversity, passion for exchange and solidarity
• Associative values
• Striving for excellence in all the activities given
• Modernism and renewability