Alliance Française was created in July 1883 in Paris byPaul Cambon and Pierre Foncin, around personalities such as Jules Verne, Louis Pasteur, Ferdinand de Lesseps, Armand Colin or Ernest Renan. Today, it is the world’s leading cultural network with 800 offices in 135 countries, on five continents and some 40 partner associations.
The network is coordinated by the Alliance Française Foundation, created in 2007. It ensures the coherence and unity of the movement’s ideals and objectives, while respecting local characteristics. Every year, nearly 500,000 people of all ages learn French with Alliances Française, and more than 6 million people participate in their cultural activities.