The Alliance Française was created in 1883 in Paris around personalities such as Jules Verne, Louis Pasteur, Ernest Renan...
Today, it is the leading cultural network worldwide, with 1,040 establishments in 136 countries on all five continents. Each year, 450,000 people, of all ages, attend Alliances Françaises to learn French and more than 6 million people participate in their cultural activities.
The network is coordinated by the Alliance Française Foundation (Fondation Alliance Française).
Each Alliance Française is a local not-for-profit organisation operating autonomously with no political or religious commitments.
All Alliances Françaises work towards three essential tasks:
Alliances Françaises have shared values which drive the network, acting as the basis for all their actions: