A great idea is born in 1883.
For more than a century, an ever-increasing number of students of all origins have been attending the Alliances Française. This longevity and vitality is due to the links established with the citizens and patrons of the host countries.
1883 The national association for the propagation of the French language in the colonies and abroad is born under the aegis of Paul Cambon and Pierre Foncin.
1884 Ferdinand de Lesseps, Louis Pasteur, Ernest Renan, Jules Verne and Armand Colin ... are among the members of the Board of Directors of the Alliance Française de Paris. The first French Alliance of Europe opens in Barcelona, then in Senegal, Mauritius and Mexico City.
1886 The Alliance Française de Paris is recognized as being of public utility.
1889 First Alliance in India and Australia in Melbourne.
1902 First Alliance in Montreal and creation of a Federation of French Alliances in the United States.
1904 The Alliance Française has 150 committees in France and 450 abroad.
1917 First Alliance in the Caribbean and the Dominican Republic.
1919 Opening of the French-language Practical School at 101 bd Raspail in Paris.
1940 The archives of the Alliance Française are taken to Berlin by the Nazis.
1943 General de Gaulle delivers a speech in Algiers where he reaffirms the vocation of the Alliance.
1944 Reopening of the Alliance Française de Paris after the war.
1979. Record year with 32,000 students at the Paris School.
2002 The modernization of Alliances is accelerating around the world.
2007 The Alliance Française Foundation is created.
2015 The Alliance Française Foundation has launched the "ALLIANCE 2020" plan designed to bring the network's new ambitions, its modernization, its professionalisation and its development.
2017 834 French Alliances in 132 countries on 5 continents. 491,000 French learners (all classes combined). 14,400 employees including 9,100 teachers. 26,000 cultural events organized by the Alliances Françaises in the world. 3.3 million spectators / visitors.
2019 The Alliance Française is 136 years old.