Founded in 1883 around values with a universal scope such as tolerance and the access to knowledge, the Alliance Française has since expanded its network and influence worldwide. The concept was carried from its inception by emblematic figures like Ferdinand de Lesseps, Louis Pasteur, Ernest Renan or Jules Verne. The spark ignited by these first illustrious sponsors of the Alliance Française is now relayed on the 5 continents by new generations of francophone and francophile personalities.

Today, 813 Alliances Françaises continue to write this century-long history in the local context of the 133 countries where they are implanted. In 2015, the entire network taught 560,000 French learners throughout the world.

Alliance Françaises’ main missions include:

- Teaching the French language to all audiences;
- Promoting the influence of the French and Francophone cultures through a variety of programmes;
- Fostering intercultural dialogue in a spirit of solidarity between peoples.

In order to achieve these goals, the Foundation supports the Alliance network by providing them with pedagogical expertise. Through the "Alliance 2020" plan, the Foundation also contributes to the modernization of the Alliances’ tools and equipment so they can continue to offer their learners top-notch service.

Did you know?

- The Alliances françaises receive around 170,000 candidates for French-language certifications throughout the world (mainly the DELF and DALF diplomas).
- The Alliances française network is made up of 12,500 collaborators, including ca. 8,000 teachers.
- In 2015, over 22,000 cultural events were organized in the Alliances network... i.e. 60 events per day!

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