A worldwide network
The Alliance française was created in 1883 in Paris by persons such as Louis Pasteur and Jules Verne.  Their intention was to make knowledge and appreciation of the French language and cultures better known.  Nearly 130 years later, more than 1000 Alliances françaises in 137 countries welcome approximately 500 000 students in their classrooms and more than 6 million spectators for their cultural events!

In France for example, there are 29 Alliances françaises of which 13 welcome students: Bordeaux,Dijon, Grasse, Grenoble, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Nice, Rouen, Strasburg, Toulouse, Vendôme and Paris of course !

This unique network and its genre not only bring to life the French language and its French speaking cultures over the 5 continents but also promote dialogue between cultures.  The Alliance française Foundation, created in 2008 in Paris, officially supported the French Government, coordinates the worldwide network.

So, give it a look, there is sure to be an Alliance française not too far away for you discover.
 The Alliances françaises in the UK
There are 9 Alliances françaises throughout the UK. Don’t hesitate to call in on them and learn more about their courses and/or activities if you are in the area!

Alliance française de Bristol-Bath : www.afbristol.org.uk
Alliance française de Cambridge : www.alliance-cam.co.uk
Alliance française de Exeter : www.allianceexeter.co.uk
Alliance française de Glasgow : www.afglasgow.org.uk
Alliance française de Jersey : www.afjersey.com
Alliance française de Milton-Keynes : www.afmk.co.uk
Alliance française de Newcastle-upon-tyne: www.ncl.ac.uk/sml/alliance
Alliance française de York : www.alliancedeyork.co.uk
Visit the official website of the French Embassy in United Kingdom to find out more about British and French relationships, official declarations, news, Visa, etc.

On the website of the Institut Français du Royaume-Uni (French Cultural Institute in the UK), you'll find all about French-speaking cultural news in the country!

For parents of French or French-speaking children, did you know "La Petite Ecole"? It is an independant association wich offers on Saturdays French classes ("maternelles" levels and soon "primaires") based on the French National Education program.

Alliance française de Manchester

3rd Floor, 55 Portland Street, Manchester, M1 3HP

Tel : 0161 236 7117

Registered Charity n°1068084

Opening hours:

Mon - Thurs: 10am - 8.30pm

Friday: 10am - 4.30pm

Saturday: 9.30am - 12.30pm