About AFs

A great idea born in 1883

For more than a century, an ever increasing number of students of all origins have attended the Alliance Française. This longevity and vitality is due to the links forged with the citizens and sponsors of the host countries.


“The national association for the propagation of the French language in the colonies and abroad” was born under the aegis of Paul Cambon and Pierre Foncin.

Ferdinand de Lesseps, Louis Pasteur, Ernest Renan, Jules Verne, Armand Colin… were among the members of the board of directors of the Alliance Française de Paris. The first Alliance Française in Europe opens in Barcelona, ??then it is born in Senegal, Mauritius and Mexico City.

The Alliance Française de Paris is recognized as a public utility.

First Alliance in India then in Australia, in Melbourne.

First Alliance in Montreal and creation of a Federation of French Alliances in the United States.

The Alliance Française has 150 committees in France and 450 abroad.

First Alliance in the West Indies and the Dominican Republic.

Opening of the French language practical school at 101 bd Raspail in Paris.

The archives of the Alliance Française are taken to Berlin by the Nazis.

General de Gaulle gives a speech in Algiers where he reaffirms the vocation of the Alliance.


Reopening of the Alliance Française de Paris after the war.

1979 Record
year with 32,000 students at the Paris school.

The modernization of the Alliances is accelerating all over the world.

The Alliance Française Foundation is created.


The Alliance Française Foundation launched the “ALLIANCE 2020” plan intended to support the new ambitions of the network, its modernization, its professionalization and its development.


834 Alliances Françaises in 132 countries on 5 continents. 491,000 French learners (all courses combined). 14,400 employees, including 9,100 teachers. 26,000 cultural events organized by Alliances Françaises around the world. 3.3 million spectators / visitors.

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The Alliance Française is 137 years old.