The work of the Alliance Française is rooted in the Ile-de-France region of Paris where we work along side the Paris City Hall, public authorities, departments, the surrounding areas, as well as various associations and members of the educational and corporate sectors to remain the gold standard in the provision of French-language education.
The Alliance Française is a state-recognised higher education establishment and continuous training body.
Located in the heart of Paris, just a stone's throw from the Luxembourg Garden, our institution welcomes almost 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.
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
Striving for excellence in all activities undertaken
Modernity and innovation