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The Alliance francaise, Paris Ile-de-France

The global French language education experts

Alliance française is an international organization that aims to promote the French language and francophone culture around the world. Understanding and adapting to the different learning styles, we offer French courses and classes in Paris all year round.

The work of the Alliance Française is rooted in the Ile-de-France region of Paris where we work along side the City of Paris, local and national governments as well as various associations and operators of the educational and corporate sectors to remain the gold standard in French-language education.

The Alliance Française is a state-recognised higher education establishment and training organization .

Located in the heart of Paris, just a stone's throw from the Luxembourg Garden, our institution welcomes about 10,000 students from 160 different nationalities every year.

Our students enrol independently or through one of the 600 companies that entrust us with their French education needs.

Franck Desroches, our executive director, introducing the Alliance Française

...We also provide professional training for french teachers

The Alliance Française is also a training centre for teachers and future teachers of FLE (French as a foreign language), helping 2,300 trainees every year, both in situ and on a distance-learning basis.

Alliance Française experts complete over 40 missions abroad every year, providing international training for leaders and teachers at Instituts Français, Alliances Françaises and universities.

The Alliance française, at the heart of a global network

The Alliance Française, Paris Ile-de-France, is a not-for-profit organisation operating autonomously with no political or religious commitments, at the heart of a global network of over 800 institutions worldwide (133 countries), coordinated by the Alliance Française Foundation (Fondation Alliance Française), our primary partner.

Our mission, the same throughout all Alliances Françaises, is to promote and disseminate the French language and Francophone cultures throughout the world.

A unique network, the Alliance Française was founded in 1883 in Paris under the aegis of Paul Cambon and Pierre Foncin, around personalities such as Jules Verne, Louis Pasteur, Ferdinand de Lesseps, Armand Colin and Ernest Renan.

All Alliances Françaises work towards three essential tasks:

  • Offering French classes for all, both in France and abroad

  • Spreading awareness of French and Francophone culture

  • Promoting cultural diversity

Alliances Françaises have shared values that drive the network, acting as the basis for all their actions:

  • Respect for cultural diversity, a passion for exchanges and solidarity

  • The values of the not-for-profit sector

  • Conviviality

  • Striving for excellence in all activities undertaken

  • Modernity and innovation

Would you like to find out more?

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Our values



No matter where we come from, everyone's history and reasons for learning French are valid here at the Alliance Française.

Cultural openness

Promoting cultural exchanges and diversity is an important part of all our courses.


People are able to come together thanks to the French language. More than a course, we offer our learners a whole world of French!


Our ambition is to create an environment that is supportive of the beliefs and culture of each learner.

In numbers

students on site
long-distance learners every year
teachers trained every year
partner institutions and universities
permanent teachers
m² of premises
corporate partners placing their trust in us

French Courses throughout the week - morning, afternoon and evening, all year round!

The Alliance française, Paris Ile-de-France